The IRFU is still the only rugby union to run a certified conditioning course.
One of the highlights of the course was Trevor Brennan giving an insight into the Stade Toulouse player development system and Gil Stevenson (Chairman of the UKSCA) presenting on long term physical development.
The week proved to be very enjoyable with coaches and presenters mixing well during the two weeks and many contacts made between coaches and presenters for future development.
The course is run by -
Course Director: Dr Liam Hennessy
Course Manager: Des Ryan
Course Administrator: Niamh Nash
Topics covered were -
Principles, Demands, Needs, Warm Ups, Prehab, Funtional assessment, Integrated Conditioning, Planning & Periodisation, Testing, Nutrition, Strength, Speed, LTPD, Fundamental Movement Skills.
The presenters were -
* Des Ryan IRFU Fitness Development Manager
* Paul Pook: ex-Harlequins Conditioning Coach and expert in Core Conditioning
* Phil Glasgow Head of Physiotherapy SINI
* Chris Shields IRFU Ulster Sub Academy Fitness Advisor
For more information on the Certified Conditioning Programme, please click here.