Physical conditioning

Conducting the functional assessment

Functional assessment should be completed by an accredited strength and conditioning coach, before any capacity test such as strength, speed and power tests. The idea is to ensure that the player has the mobility and stability to complete the movements of the Game safely, and thus the movements of the other tests. The information from the test can be used to design an individualized strength training program to improved mobility and good stability. This will prepare the player for work and increase their ability to participate and perform.

The type of strength required for Wheelchair Rugby is a specific type of strength which often has to be deployed in conditions of instability. Therefore, when designing a fitness program for Wheelchair Rugby, the primary focus must be on the development of stability of the key injury sites such as the shoulder and core. Wheelchair Rugby players with a low training age need to develop a functional strength base and learn to control their bodyweight in unstable positions.