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How much should I train during the rugby pre-season?

When you enter the rugby pre-season, your training focus will change. Practice is typically very intense, and any additional training that is not planned should be avoided. By engaging in extra conditioning, you could push your body beyond its limits, leading to overtraining and possible injury. Anything you do outside of practice should be geared toward recovery. One great tool for this is using a foam roller and performing static stretching. Find any spot on your muscles that is tender and apply pressure with the foam roll until the tenderness lessens or disappears. Follow the foam rolling with a stretch of the same muscle. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds to allow your muscle time to relax and elongate.

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