Sean van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
30 Jan 2021
9:00 am

The science behind training and playing at the coast and at altitude

Sean van Staden

There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes preparing a team for a big final like Saturday's showdown between the Bulls and the Sharks.

The Durban-based Sharks will face a few different challenges in the Currie Cup final against the Bulls in Pretoria - among them the higher altitude and the potential for hot dry conditions. Picture: Getty Images.

The rugby season has been a little strange with the timelines and summer cycles and players have been battling to handle some of the harsh 40-degree heat conditions. How do professional athletes with finely tuned bodies prepare for such an undertaking? Performance is everything in sport and when you start getting to the semifinals and finals of tournaments, this means these teams have been exceptional over the course of a few short months. Everything they are doing is at a higher level of performance than other teams. When you have two teams performing at their best, the difference between winning...