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Is cross-training acceptable for a rugby athlete?

Getting involved in different sports and activities during the off-season is always a great method of cross-training. It is fun and can bring some variety to the off-season training program. Avoid high risk activities so that you do not disappoint yourself, your teammates, and coaches with an injury. For example, skiing down a black diamond rated hill is probably not a great idea.  Sustaining an avoidable injury during the off-season, and having to sit out the beginning of the season is not worth the fun of the activity that caused the injury. However, playing in a pick-up basketball game is always a great way to keep your reactive skills sharp and satisfy your competitive nature. To build team unity, encourage your teammates to play with you. Be mindful of your priorities during the off-season; rugby comes first, so, don’t skip rugby practice in lieu of another activity.

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