n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - The state of women's rugby union in South Africa : recommendations for long-term participant development : review

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



Several international rugby unions, including the South African Rugby Union, have adopted the long-term athlete development (LTAD) model, which is based on physiological principles that categorise players into specific stages of development. The original model proposes different age categories for boys and girls within each specific stage of development. This review: () discusses the current state of junior female rugby in South Africa; () discusses the evidence for gender-specific differences in the LTAD model; and () recommends a future strategy for LTAD within female rugby in South Africa, considering the current approaches of other international unions.

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