USA Rugby has officially released training content only available to USAR registered members through the BridgeAthletic platform. Now, every athlete and team in the USA Rugby system can access the standardized skills and drills training as well as strength and conditioning content being used in the National Team system. USA Rugby’s Director of Performance, Alex Magleby is excited about the opportunity this provides to develop young talent from grassroots to entering the National Team pipeline. With this release, each team can now receive a customized training program. Based on position and experience, the BridgeAthletic platform will deliver personalized strength training as well as rugby drills to accelerate player skill-development and improve performance on the pitch.
With such widespread access to National Team High Performance training content, Magleby looks forward to being able to identify rising talent using this first-of-its-kind inclusion of technology that previously would have gone unnoticed. “By granting every USA Rugby member team and athlete access to our training through the BridgeAthletic platform, we are opening up the pipeline for young, up-and-coming players to really master the skills needed to compete on the international stage. By leveraging Bridge’s worldclass technology, this program is truly a curriculum of excellence, rather than a couple of techniques that we can teach a handful of people at our camps.”
BridgeAthletic’s Co-Founder and Chief Performance Officer, Nick Folker praised the step toward high-performance training backed by technology, saying, “The ability for USA Rugby to develop players outside of their National Team system and streamline their training standards and skillset is a huge step in developing athletes with instinctive skills and first-class rugby IQ. Long term, this will lead to better athletes, better teams as USA Rugby makes a serious push for Tokyo 2019, 2020, and beyond.”
In order to access this content, USA Rugby member athletes can go to the BridgeAthletic website, sign up, and begin training. For team packages, coaches are encouraged to reach out to BridgeAthletic at firstname.lastname@example.org.