John Pryor, Rugby Expert, Details New Findings on Benefits of Adapting Track and Field Training Principles
John Pryor, rugby expert and strength and conditioning coordinator for the Japan Rugby Football Union, has announced the release of several new studies detailing the benefits of adapting specific training principles most closely associated with track and field for use in other sports, including rugby. Pryor, in his role with the Japan Rugby Union, employed training elements adapted from the vertical and horizontal jump events for use in training during the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup that saw Japan upset South Africa in the opening weekend of the tournament.
While Pryor’s adaptation of track and field principles in his own training methods was mostly relegated to those associated with the vertical and horizontal jump events, the newly released articles cover a much wider range of possibilities in terms of adapted methodologies and the sports in which they can be applied. The articles, which are available for review at http://marlonkobacker.com.au/john-pryor-reviews-individualized-strength-programs-for-rugby-and-other-sports, also include an in-depth review of the importance of specificity in training as well as the critical role timing plays in ensuring peak levels of fitness for competition.
“There are always opportunities to adapt effective training methods from one sport to another, but there has to be a great deal of forethought that goes into the application and adaptation of these methods to ensure they yield the optimal result,” said Pryor. “These articles should provide some added insight into how to determine the most ideal strategies for adaptation and implementation.”
About John Pryor
John Pryor is the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Japan Rugby Football Union, a position he has held since 2012. A graduate of Southern Cross University with a Master of Health Science in Biomechanics, Pryor is also the director of JointAction Group, a company dedicated to injury prevention and occupational health and wellness.