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Muscle power and strength
Sleep your way to better performance
When sports drinks don’t work
A training programme for rugby players that will enable maximum benefits from limited training time
The role of sleep in recovery
The components of posture and its importance for athletes
Latest research to increase strength and muscle mass
Mental preparation to enhance speed training and improve performance
Intervals benefit performance at all levels of sport
Andrew Hamilton explains new research about training and competing with caffeine supplements
Nick Tiller presents six evidence-driven but seldom practised methods by which athletes can promote the anabolic process to maximise training adaptation, promote recovery and improve athletic performance.
The loss of excess fat isn’t just aesthetic – it almost always produces enhanced performance
There’s increasing evidence that stretching before exercise doesn’t improve performance or reduce injury risk
With Ian Burbedge
1) Press-up, sprint and alternate ball carry
Player sprints with ball under one arm 5 yards, then does one press-up, puts ball under other arm, sprints another 5 yards, does one more press-up, puts ball under first arm, then sprints back to start position.
Peak Performance talks to Sean Lamont, Josh Lewsey and Mark Bitcom
Scotland's Rugby Fitness Coach shares his rugby training tips
A rugby tackle requires explosive power – here are some strength training tips on how to get it
Rugby conditioning: the fitness standards rugby players and coaches should be aiming for
Previous rugby injuries predict in-season problems for rugby players
A women's rugby trainer divulges her rugby conditioning secrets from the World Cup
Is exercise better than rest for psychological recovery after a game of rugby?
A progression from the One Foot in Each Rung drill, challenges the speed of co-ordination of the athlete. Have the athlete perform the drill correctly by asking them to start off slowly to get a feel of the movement.
Kicking Training for Rugby and Football
Strength Training For Children : Why young athletes should be encouraged to work out with weights
Underperformance Syndrome - how youth rugby coaches are using psychology to raise their players' game
Football and rugby teams pre-season training
Psychometric tests: a case study focusing on rugby league side Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants and their search for a new coach
The role of sports psychology in sport
The case of the ex-rugby player with a mysterious headache