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The Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) Conference 2018

Exercise professionals from across the United Kingdom gathered at the third annual Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) Conference in April 2018.

Over 140 delegates attended including coaches, strength and conditioning staff, sports scientists, PE teachers, and those who work with athletes at various levels. The attendees, who included representatives from the Rugby Football Union, Scottish Rugby Union, Welsh Rugby Union and Rugby Football League, all gathered at Leeds Beckett University where they shared cutting edge, up-to-date research aimed at enhancing the practice of professionals working within rugby and youth sport.

Speakers included leading international researchers in the field, and practitioners currently working with athletes at various levels. Topics covered were understanding the demands of match-play, opportunities to maximise development in strength and conditioning practices, organised chaos in youth sport, nutrition for the rugby player and applying statistics to sports performance and monitoring.

CARR Conference 2018

Dale Read Understanding the Demands of Youth Rugby Union Match Play

Dr Jono Weakley - S&C Practices in Youth Rugby; Opportunities to Maximise Development

Dr Paul Comfort (Keynote) Optimising the Strength and Power Programme

Nessan Costello - Understanding the Energy Demands of Athletes

Nick Dalton Barron Understanding the Demands of Match Play Future Directions

Padraic Phibbs Organised Chaos in Youth Sport Training Loads

Professor Ben Jones - CARR Conference 2018 Welcome

Sarah Chantler - Nutrition for the Rugby Player: Optimising Diet,More than Just the Food

Sarah Whitehead Understanding the Demands of Youth Rugby League Match Play

Sean Scantlebury - Training and Match Exposure in Youth Sport Athletes

Tom Sawczuk - The Influence of Sleep and Match Stress on Wellbeing in Youth Athletes

Dr Jason Tee & Mike Ashford - Blending science, coaching; for development

The Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) Conference 2017

The second annual Carnegie Adolescent Rugby Research (CARR) conference took place in March 2017. The conference aimed to share cutting edge research to enhance the practice of those working within rugby and youth sport.

The conference included leading international researchers in the field and practitioners working with athletes across a range of levels.  The conference was aimed at coaches, strength and conditioning staff, sport scientists, PE teachers and anyone working with youth athletes. Presented topics included physical development, recovery, nutrition, monitoring training load, injury, psychological development and skill.

The presentations are now available to watch below.

CARR Conference 2017

Prof. Ben Jones & Andy Rock - Understanding and applying research in practice

Padraic Phibbs -  Monitoring training load in adolescent Rugby Union Players

Shaun McLaren - The usefulness of differential ratings of perceived exertion for monitoring training load

Prof. Ben Jones - Game demands: are they what they seem?

Dr Dan Weaving - Making sense of complex data

Dr Jason Tee Reducing injury risk in rugby - A multi-disciplinary approach

Dr Sharief Hendricks - Contact training to reduce injury and improve performance

Dr Mike Hislop - Concussion in schoolboy Rugby Union: What is the risk and can it be reduced?

Greg Roe and Dr Dave Piggott - Applying evidence to plan training cycles

Josh Darrall-Jones - Tracking individual development and determining real change

Nessan Costello - Nutritional considerations for the developing rugby player

Meghan Bentley - Supplement risk: Raising your awareness to support your players

Dr Kevin Till and Dr Andrew Abraham - Applying coaching science to develop practice