Rugby is a team game par excellence, respect, loyalty, esteem, confidence and although there is a lot of physical confrontation, there is no violence. In addition, rugby gives confidence, teaches respect for the opponent, during and after the match. The final farewell to the other team is one of the highlights of the match. Finally, being a team game, rugby teaches how to socialize, to work as a team to achieve a common goal.
How to train
In rugby, physical preparation is very important because fights are frequent and clothing requires an additional spirit of adaptation. Rugby training includes exercises that involve all muscle groups of the body, as well as exercises to stimulate team play and others to train playing techniques and tactics. Usually, a player’s week of rugby includes 3 to 5 training sessions of approximately 2 hours and a match, consisting of two halves of 40 minutes each. Training takes place both on the field and in the gymnasium. These serve to potentiate the player’s musculature thanks to training plans closer to functional training. Field training, on the other hand, is used to improve techniques, such as scrum techniques, to block the opponent’s ball carrier or chase the ball, and to increase stamina. Therefore, in addition to running and various free body exercises on the floor, targeted exercises are performed.
Rugby and health
Rugby has a positive effect on the physical and mental health of the athlete. Due to its playing characteristics, it leads to the development of anaerobic capacities, such as speed and muscle power, as well as the stimulation and movement of every part of the body and every muscle band. Physical preparation is essential to avoid playing injuries as much as possible due to clashes with opponents or impact with the ground. The joint most affected is that of the knee, and the most frequent injury among players is that of the cruciate ligaments. However, with the right attention, good posture and adequate muscle strengthening, it is possible to prevent, or at least reduce, the risk of injury. Rugby is also one of the most suitable sports for preventing and combating a whole series of youthful ailments, ranging from obesity to hypokinesia.