The event took place on Sunday 12 March in the Great Hall at Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus, with speakers including leading international researchers in the field and practitioners currently working with athletes across all levels.
The conference offered attendees the opportunity to find out more about current research in rugby in areas including coaching practice, physical development, nutrition and identifying and developing talent and is aimed at coaches, strength and conditioning staff, sports scientists, PE teachers and anyone working with young athletes.
Organised by Dr Ben Jones and Dr Kevin Till, the conference focused on answering questions relating to physical development, nutrition and energy requirements, recovery, training load, psychology, optimising resistance training and match demands and skill.
The conference also showcased research undertaken at Leeds Beckett in collaboration with Leeds Rhinos rugby league club and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union club. The Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) project was set up in 2014 by Dr Jones and Dr Till to investigate various aspects of youth rugby, ranging from the nutritional requirements of players, fatigue responses following match play, to the psychological development of youth players.