Former Springbok Braam van Straaten believes that “the rugby environment is like a business, if everybody does their job properly, the team will excel.”
Pre-match preparation commonly involves a careful combination of three crucial elements: diet, rest and training. Our Academy aims to help you excel in all three of these areas through our high-performance courses offering sessions on nutrition, recovery and training techniques specific to you. Here’s a taste of what you can expect…
Diet plays a big role in a player’s physical performance both on and off the field. To make sure you are managing your diet, and have that all important nutrition element down, have a look our latest nutrition blog.
Numerous studies have shown that athletes who incorporate sleep as a pre-match requirement have improved pace, accuracy and reaction time.
While sleep is often thought of in terms of tiredness and rest, it is also an energy contributor to our brains and bodies. So instead of thinking of sleep in terms of recovery, think of it as an energy producer.
Sleep is also key for muscle and mental memory repair and association, and hormone release; which are all factors to sports performance.
The average person, who isn’t involved in major athletic performance, needs seven to nine hours of sleep every night, as an athlete, you need an extra hour.
- The key to getting enough sleep is routine. Go to bed an hour earlier the night before a game to allow time to cater for pre-match anxiety and insomnia.
- Before you sleep, make sure that the room is dark, cool and that your phone is far away from you.
- Take deep breaths and slow down your thinking.
- Avoid eating meals too close to bedtime.
- Run a hot bath for a quality sleep.
School players get very few opportunities to improve their rugby game outside of their school environment. If you are looking for professional rugby training these December holidays we’ve got you covered. We offer intensive Players’ and Coaches’ courses. Players are exposed to technical aspects of the game, while being mentored by former professionals to achieve their individual rugby goals and be directed on how to fulfil their highest potential.
Taking place at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg from 13 to 19 December, our Academy is the ideal opportunity to get the professional training you need to up your game!