Youth Rugby provides a summary of the latest and most up-to-date research evidence in relation to developing the youth rugby player. The book provides an overview of the latest scientific research for key topics related to the youth rugby player across the codes of rugby (union, league and 7’s; mainly league and union in youth players) whilst also summarising the quality of the evidence available and the limitations of this research and highlighting key future research directions. The book covers a range of fundamental scientific topics relating to paediatric exercise science, human physiology, youth athletic development and high-performance sport. Each author is an experienced researcher within their respective discipline related to the youth rugby player. The book includes chapters on: 

• Long-term athletic development, growth and maturation, talent identification and the physical demands of youth rugby training and match-play.

• Physical characteristics and the current evidence behind training methods to promote desired physical qualities.

• Fatigue and recovery, the tackle, psychosocial development, nutrition and injury prevalence and prevention.  

This text is essential reading for all scientists, students and applied researchers wanting to develop world-class, evidence-based programmes for their youth athletes.

chapter 1|7 pages

Youth Rugby

ByKevin Till, Ben Jones

chapter 2|15 pages

Long-Term Athletic Development

The Youth Rugby Player
ByRhodri S. Lloyd, Joey C. Eisenmann, Kevin Till

chapter 3|17 pages

Kinanthropometry and Grouping Strategies in Youth Rugby

ByJohn Sampson, Job Fransen, Ric Lovell, Kevin Till

chapter 4|16 pages

Talent Identification in Male Youth Rugby

An Ecological Perspective
ByAdam L. Kelly, Alexander B. T. McAuley, Francesco Dimundo, Kevin Till

chapter 5|17 pages

The Demands of Youth Rugby Match-Play

BySarah Whitehead, Dan Weaving, Rich Johnston, Dale B. Read

chapter 6|11 pages

Training Practices of Youth Rugby Players

ByPadraic Phibbs, Timothy Hartwig, Sarah Whitehead

chapter 7|17 pages

Fatigue and Recovery in Youth Rugby

ByCarlos Ramírez-López, Cedric Leduc, Mathieu Lacome, Ben Jones

chapter 8|14 pages

Measuring and Analysing Physical Qualities in Youth Rugby

ByJonathon Weakley, Cameron Owen, John Sampson

chapter 9|23 pages

Physical Qualities in Youth Rugby

ByCameron Owen, Sam McCormack, Jonathon Weakley, Ben Jones, Kevin Till

chapter 10|14 pages

Strength and Conditioning Interventions in Youth Rugby Players

ByJonathon Weakley, Josh Darrall-Jones, Daniel T. McMaster, Nicholas Gill

chapter 11|17 pages

The Tackle in Youth Rugby

BySharief Hendricks, Steve den Hollander, Gregory Tierney

chapter 12|13 pages

The Psychosocial Development of the Youth Rugby Player

ByRoss A. Shand, Lea-Cathrin Dohme, Stephen D. Mellalieu

chapter 13|19 pages

Nutrition for Youth Rugby

ByNessan Costello, Sarah Chantler, Marcus Hannon

chapter 14|15 pages

Injury Risk and Prevention in Youth Rugby

ByJonathon Weakley, Kevin Till