Rugby is a tough sport and requires intense training to make it on the field. It combines speed, power, strength, fitness, and agility making it great for your cardiovascular & overall health. When training as a rugby player you must incorporate workouts that include running, sprinting, plyometrics, weight training, mobility & agility training. While all of these exercises will get you in the shape you need to be in to succeed in the sport of Rugby, they can also be hard on your body. Most of these exercises are high impact and can generate a lot of soreness and muscle fatigue. What is the best way to still train hard but also offset some of these high impact training strategies?
Swimming Workouts For Rugby Players
Arizona based pool deck & concrete overlay company, New Look Kool Deck & More LLC, finished a pool deck overlay for a facility where Phoenix rugby players train. With the intense summer heat, pool workouts have become a staple for this rugby team, and their players are also seeing an improvement in gameplay as well as slightly fewer injuries! To ensure they stay safe while doing pool workouts an overlay was added to the deck surrounding the pool to allow the surface to remain cool even when temperatures reach over 100 degrees. The team then incorporated both in water & out of water exercises to maximize their training!
Swimming for rugby players has been found to improve mobility, the water helps support bodyweight so joints are under less duress, allows you to isolate both the upper & lower body, and water can have anti-inflammatory properties relieving your muscles, tendons, and joints of pressure & weight.
With a pool deck to accommodate various circuit training stations and the water a great place to build endurance, swimming is a great workout for those living the rugby player life!
Rugby is a tough sport that combines hard running with the contact & tackling associated with American football. It is definitely not a sport for the frail or weak. In fact, you have to train hard and play hard if you want to make it in this game. That being said, playing the sport of Rugby does come with a high potential risk of different injuries. What are the most common injuries associated with the sport of Rugby?
Rugby’s Most Common Injuries
Most Rugby injuries occur during matches rather than training and they usually tend to happen in the 2nd part of the game when the players are most fatigued. It has also been found that 1 in 4 rugby players will get injured during the season. And with numbers like that, it is practically inevitable that multiple players will get hurt on one team. Among the injuries that are most prevalent:
- Muscle strains/Bruising
- Over-Use Injuries
- Neck Injuries
It has also been found that a Rugby player’s risk of injury increases when exposed to different levels of experience in players. Those playing the forward position also tend to suffer more injuries than players in other positions. Rigby also has 3 times more injuries than American football, which is crazy if you think about it! So that means you have to be one tough cookie to survive to play this sport. Physical conditioning and agility play a huge roll in your individual risk of injury too. It is also said that with the right pre-season conditioning program that gradually increases intensity and duration, your chances of injury during the season can decrease immensely. It is also important to practice the correct tackling techniques & correct falling techniques to help minimize the absorption of the full impact.
Rugby is not as popular as baseball, soccer, or football, but it certainly is rising in popularity as it combines the tackling of American football with the pace of soccer. And while some don’t consider rugby to be a woman’s sport due to the physical harshness of the game, many women from across many countries are competing in a rugby league of their own.
In the 19th Century, Women playing contact sports was considered to be disrespectful, and hence when women tried to organize a set of matches in 1881, it led to riots. Women still played a little during WWI and other occasions, and a women’s rugby league was even formed in Australia in 1930. While women were making progress, many countries still saw women in contact sports as a taboo. That would all change in the 1960s, as the first women’s club match took place in France in 1968. And from that, the first national association was formed in the 1970s. In the 1970s women’s rugby even spread into the US as 4 universities were playing it by 1972. Rugby leagues began popping up in countries across the world and the game was even introduced in Japan in 1981. In 1990, the first worldwide tournament, RugbyFest, was held in New Zealand where 4 national teams, the USA, New Zealand, USSR, and Netherland’s along with other club teams battled for the first even women’s trophy. New Zealand won. And in the following year, the first women’s rugby world cup took place where the US won. Another world cup followed up in 1994 where England won. And the World Cup has been held around every 4 years since, with the 2021 World Cup set to be held in New Zealand for the first time.
Top 10 Women’s Rugby Teams
- New Zealand