Predictors of tackling performance under fatigue

Sports like rugby and football have the added unique challenge of both giving and receiving tackles. This increase in physicality places higher physical demands on players. Tackling requires skill that is developed by quality coaching and consistent repetition. Strength is an important physical quality that contributes to tackling ability given the high level of forces …

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Will increasing lower body strength improve tackling ability?

Most coaches will agree that in-season strength and power training is critical for maintaining performance in team-sports such as soccer, football, basketball, rugby and so forth. Performance characteristics such as sprinting, rapidly changing direction and jumping are all impacted by lower body strength and power. Failing to address this during the season can therefore result …

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Predictors of Tackling Performance

In order to develop appropriate strength and conditioning programs for our athletes, it’s important for coaches to understand how certain exercises carry over to sporting movements. We must use the exercises that have the greatest dynamic correspondence to field play in order to support performance outcomes. For example, it’s quite clear that squats and power …

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