Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning

The strength and Conditioning pathway is designed to provide a fundamental starting place for players and others to provide training that improves the safety, performance and longevity of all players. This pathway also provides avenues for the advanced strength and conditioning professional to enter rugby. The levels will center around certification levels but with an understanding that this is a very diverse and evolving field. This pathway; as with all pathways here, is designed to give a framework and S & C coaches are encouraged to explore the rich opportunities to learn and grow afforded them here in the United States and elsewhere.


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Level 1
World Rugby Online Pre-Level 1
World Rugby/USA Rugby Level 1 Strength and Conditioning
Level 1 Professional Development
-Implement Speed program 
-Implement Speed program 
-Strength program and their components 
-Season long periodization
-At least one in person seminar focusing on Core Skills

Level 2
World Rugby Online Pre-Level 2
World Ruby/USA Rugby Level 2 Strength and Conditioning
Level 2 Professional Development
-Film Analysis
-Year long periodization
-Plyometric training
-In person seminar focusing on Level 2 Mandatory Professional Development
-Shadow/Upscaling of higher level S & C coach

Level 3
 NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification
Level 3 Professional Development
-High Performance Camp
-International/Pro level shadow program
-Online offerings by USA Rugby and partners
– Developing the International Athlete

Level 4/High Performance

Determined by performance and assignment by High Performance Manager

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