R80 Rugby Power Kick Trainer

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CODE: RT119

Specifically allows players and coaches to accurately overload kicking skills.

  • The rubber flexicord applies a natural resistance to strengthen all muscle groups used when kicking. Core stability, balance and alignment will also improve.
  • Practice normal technique under load or break down the skill and practice a specific part of the kick to improve your skills.
  • Target: Punting, Grubber kicks, Box kicks
  • The flexicord is easily attached to a goal post using the webbing loop or held down by a training partner.
  • Train indoors by attaching the flexicord to a secure point.
  • The comfortable padded ankle strap and adjustable length of tube is suitable for all ages and sizes.
  • Includes instructional manual.

Instruction Guides

Power Kick Trainer Drills


By using this innovative and easy to use device you will quickly improve your kicking skills! This training aid will teach optimal body position and improve your kicking distance and accuracy. Kicking accurately will greatly improve individual and team performance 

How Does It Work?


Rubber Flexicord is the most simple and effective means of adding a load and resistance to your kicking technique.
Sometimes termed sport loading, dynamic resistance, or speed strength training, the Power Kick Trainer increases the load by making you work against the strong flexicord rubber.

This overloads your kicking motion and forces the nervous system to recruit greater “work” which in turn improves your strength, distance, and accuracy. 

While the length of the Rubber Flexicord is fixed the webbed strap is fully adjustable to suit all levels and allow for an increase in difficulty as your strength improves.

Players learning to become better at the “out of hand” kick must:

•    Have good balance
•    Hold the ball in two hands
•    Have their weight forward
•    Have their eyes on the ball
•    Drop the ball over the kicking foot
•    Strike the ball with the top of their foot
•    Follow through to target

The Power Kick Trainer guides them to stay in good position throughout the kick and in particular focuses on improving follow through which will aid kicking distance.
Over time the Power Kick Resistor will train the body to have better core stability, balance and alignment.

Set Up


Fixed to a Goal Post
  1. Place the Power Kick Trainer next to the goal post
  2. Take the looped webbing around the goal post and loop it through the ankle strap end
  3. Pull through to tighten against the post
  4. Attach the padded ankle straps and adjust to a firm fit.
  5. Stand in a position far enough away from the post to safely swing your leg through its range of kicking motion
  6. The resistance can be increased by moving further away from the post.
 
Fixed by your Partner
  1. Your partner holds onto the looped webbing
  2. Attach the padded ankle straps and adjust to a firm fit.
  3. Stand in a position far enough away from your partner to safely swing your leg through its range of kicking motion
  4. The resistance can be adjusted by your partner or by moving further away from the fixed end
 
Kicking Skills

With the Power Kick Resistor you can practice any number of kicks including the following:
  • Drop Punt
  • Spiral Kick
  • Grubber Kick
  • Up and Under
  • Box Kick

Drop Punt
Objective: To correctly learn the drop punt and strengthen the key muscle groups involved with this kick

Key Factors
•    Keep your eyes on the ball with the head still
•    Hold the ball upright in two hands
•    Lean the ball forward slightly to open up the sweet spot
•    Weight is forward as the player drops the ball (feel the ball with your fingers)
•    Drop the ball with their dominant hand over their foot 
•    Swing the leg leg from the flexed position straight through maintaining balance after the kick
•    Lock the ankle and, point the toe and follow through to the target

Spiral Kick
Objective: To correctly learn the spiral kick and strengthen the key muscle groups involved with this kick

Key Factors
•    Keep your eyes on the ball with the head still
•    Hold the ball further away from the body than the drop punt and  at approximately 60 degrees to the body
•    Weight is forward as the player drops the ball (feel the ball with your fingers) at the same angle.
•    Drop the ball nose down with their dominant hand over the foot 
•    Snap the lower leg straight through from the flexed position maintaining balance after the kick.
•    Lock the ankle and, point the toe and follow through to the target

Grubber Kick
Objective: To correctly learn the grubber kick and strengthen the key muscle groups involved with this kick
 
Key Factors
•    Keep your eyes on the ball with the head still
•    Hold the ball upright in two hands
•    Body weight is over the ball as the player drops the ball (feel the ball with your fingers)
•    Drop the ball with their dominant hand over their foot
•    Ball contact with the foot is made below the knee whilst the toes are pointed to the ground
•    The ball is kicked into the ground approximately 1-2 metres in front of the placement foot
•    Lock the ankle and, point the toe and the follow through is a short stabbing motion and not as elevated as other kicks

The Up and Under
Objective: To correctly learn the Up and Under Kick and strengthen the key muscle groups involved with this kick

Key Factors
•    Keep your eyes on the ball with the head still and over the ball
•    Hold the ball upright in two hands
•    Body weight is over the ball as the player drops the ball (feel the ball with your fingers)
•    Drop the ball with their dominant hand over their foot and close to their body 
•    Ball contact with the foot is made just under the point of the ball and toes are raised on contact
•    The follow through is high and towards the target

Box Kick
Objective: To kick the ball high over the shoulder from defensive or attacking positions and strengthen the key muscle groups involved in this kick.
 
Key Factors
•    Stand in a relaxed balanced position with the head and shoulders still
•    Stand at approximately 45 degrees to the direction of the kick
•    Right shoulder is forward for a left footer and vice versa for a right foot kicker
•    Hold the ball upright in two hands
•    Drop with your dominant hand (the kicking hand) and swing the foot through the line of the ball, kicking across the body
•    Contact should be made just above the toe of the ball
•    Upper body should remain still and low over the kick with the lead shoulder in line with the direction of the kick
•    Follow your kicking leg through to the target

Drills

The following activities can be practiced to help improve technique and strengthen the body for effective kicking

1.    Snap Kick No Step
In this paired kicking drill the kicker using the Power Kick Trainer stands balanced with the ball in two hands. The kicker then kicks from the standing position to his partner standing approximately 10m away. The kicker needs to lock his core and snap his lower leg through to the target whilst maintaining good form. After the kick the player lowers his leg from the balanced position to return to the starting position. This activity is particularly effective for the Spiral Kick, Drop Punt and Grubber Kick.

2.    Snap Kick One Step
In this paired kicking drill the kicker using the Power Kick Trainer stands balanced with the ball in two hands. The kicker then steps forward onto the plant foot and snaps the to his partner standing approximately 10m away. The kcker needs to lock his core and snap his lower leg through to the target whilst maintaining good form. After the kick the player lowers his leg from the balanced position to return to the starting position. This activity is particularly effective for the Spiral Kick, Drop Punt and Grubber Kick.

3.    Up and Under Kick
 In this paired kicking drill the kicker using the Power Kick Trainer stands balanced with the ball in two hands. The kicker needs to lengthen the strap to allow for more distance between the fixed point and the leg. The player must allow enough slack in the flexicord to permit the Up and Under to be completed with the appropriate tension. The kicker steps forward onto the plant foot and aims to kick the ball high to his partner. The tension should only be felt as the player is completing a strong follow through.

4.    Box Kick
a) In this paired kicking drill the kicker using the Power Kick Trainer stands balanced with the ball in two hands. The kicker whilst facing his partner turns at a 45 degree angle away from his partner so he can kick across his body. The kicker then snap kicks from the standing position to his partner standing approximately 10m away. This activity teaches the player to learn to kick across the body
b) In an extension to the above activity, the player needs to allow enough slack in the flexicord to permit the box kick to occur. The kicker steps forward onto the plant foot and aims to kick the ball high to his partner. The tension should only be felt as the player is completing a strong follow through.



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