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Applying Biomechanical Research to Coaching Instruction of Stepping Movements in Rugby Football

Holding, Ryan BSES, CSCS; Meir, Rudi PhD, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2014 - Volume 36 - Issue 3 - p 8–12
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000055
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ABSTRACT THE APPROACH STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES HAVE TAKEN TO DEVELOP AGILITY IN THEIR ATHLETES HAS CHANGED OVER RECENT TIMES. RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT AGILITY DRILLS SHOULD INCLUDE A PERCEPTUAL COMPONENT THAT TRANSFERS TO THE PERFORMANCE SETTING. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROVIDE COACHES WITH INFORMATION RELATED TO RECENT BIOMECHANICAL RESEARCH THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN DEVELOPING AGILITY TRAINING DRILLS. HAVING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ASPECTS OF MOVEMENT CHANGE AND DECEPTIVE TECHNIQUES MAY HELP COACHES AND ATHLETES TO DEVELOP DRILLS THAT ENHANCE REACTIVE ABILITY. APPLICATIONS RELATED TO THE DEFENSIVE ASPECTS OF RUGBY FOOTBALL ARE PROVIDED. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, PLEASE SEE VIDEO, SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A139.

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School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia

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Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Ryan Holding is currently pursuing his Master of Science degree at Southern Cross University and is conducting research into the impact of implicit and explicit video on reactive agility.

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Rudi Meir is a Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University and has worked as a specialist skills and conditioning coach with professional rugby union and league teams from a number of countries .

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