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When should a rugby player begin an SAQ program in the off-season?

Speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training should be a part of an off-season program right from the start. A lot of players delay this type of training until right before the season starts.  It is important to include SAQ training in the first workout. The early part of any SAQ program should be geared toward technique and posture training. Keep the drills simple and emphasize quality over quantity. Begin to work on your deceleration early in the program before moving to change of direction drills.Once you can properly decelerate yourself, move onto changing directions quickly and explosively. From there, advance the program to reactive change of direction drills as well as reacting to other athletes. By delaying your SAQ training you are not taking full advantage of your off-season program.

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