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.

1. Youth Rugby

2. Long-Term Athletic Development: The Youth Rugby Player

3. Kinanthropometry and Grouping Strategies in Youth Rugby

4. Talent Identification in Male Youth Rugby: An Ecological Perspective

5. The Demands of Youth Rugby Match-Play

6. Training Practices of Youth Rugby Players

7. Fatigue and Recovery in Youth Rugby

8. Measuring and Analysing Physical Qualities in Youth Rugby

9. Physical Qualities in Youth Rugby

10. Strength and Conditioning Interventions in Youth Rugby Players

11. The Tackle in Youth Rugby

12. The Psychosocial Development of the Youth Rugby Player

13. Nutrition for Youth Rugby

14. Injury Risk and Prevention in Youth Rugby