Before the England team took part in the 2021 Autumn Internationals, the players were put through some interesting strength and conditioning methods. This article talks a little about some of those methods.
Reflexive Performance Reset
Reflexive Performance Reset, or RPR as it is otherwise known, is a method taken from Chinese medical practices. It involves massaging the players’ pressure points. The objective of RPR is to “wake up” the body in all major areas including the player’s organs, muscle groups, metabolism, and to promote emotional well-being. It is usually performed prior to intense physical training. While there is no significant scientific research to prove that this practice is effective, it is becoming commonplace amongst athletes across various sports.
A key part of mobility training involves using hurdle bars at both chest and waist height. Players jump over and as well as through the bars, alternating between the different heights. The objective of this training is to strengthen players’ hips and the muscle groups that are used for running, making people who do mobility training more agile.
Cold Water Training
In the build-up to the 2021 rugby internationals, the England camp were forced to swim in the channel ※ off the Brighton coast during training sessions. Swimming in cold waters has several health benefits. For instance, it boosts a person’s immune system because the body is forced to react to a sudden change in temperature. When practiced over time, cold water swimming allows the body to become quicker at combating illnesses. What’s more, it reduces inflammation, which can allow the muscles to heal quicker after an intense weight session. The England rugby team won its 2021 Autumn International campaign with three back-to-back victories, so it seems that these training methods were successful. Yet, with a botched 2022 Six Nations campaign to bounce back from, it will be interesting to see what new strength and conditioning methods will be utilized before the England rugby team goes head-to-head against Australia for three straight games in the 2022 summer rugby internationals.
pressure points 圧迫部分 ・ 止血点
immune system 免疫システム