Archive for May, 2014

  • Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer Part 4: Thoughts on Recovery “Mini-Block”

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 30/05/2014

    I will use this installment to share some thought on “Recovery mini-block”, which is one of four parts of microcycle: recovery, load, taper and game. I will focus on starters (see concept of functional groups in previous installments: starters, bench, reserves) and focus on one game per week, although this discussion can expand to two games per week as...

  • Stats Playbook: What is Anscombe’s Quartet and why is it important?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 27/05/2014

    Stats Playbook: What is Anscombe’s Quartet and why is it important?   The following paragraph is take from Wikipedia “Anscombe’s quartet comprises four datasets that have nearly identical simple statistical properties, yet appear very different when graphed. Each dataset consists of eleven (x,y) points. They were constructed in 1973 by the statistician Francis Anscombe to demonstrate both the importance...

  • Strength Training Reps and Sets Schemes

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/05/2014

    Regardless of your training objectives (increasing strength in specific lifts, increasing strength overall, bulking up, leaning out, rehabilitation, maintenance, etc), key training parameters (intensity, volume, frequency, density) could be varied and progressed on different time scales.

    Certain variations and progressions in training parameters are more suited toward different training objectives, but there exist commonalities between them that we will focus…

  • Results of Athlete Management Software (AMS) Survey

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 20/05/2014

    Approximately a month ago I have emailed a lot of prominent coaches and sport scientists a survey form to rate their experience with AMS products and  also rate/describe their needs. The goal of the survey was to improve the experience with AMS products by giving their manufactures some form of feedback, but also share common issues between the users....

  • Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer Part 3: Mick McDermott Case-Study

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/05/2014

    It is great that coaches started sharing their own case studies and I urge others to share their own experiences and solutions. I am more than glad to share Mick McDermott's solution to in-season microcycle organizational problems. Mick McDermott was fitness coach for Al Ain FC for 5 years and currently works for Al Nasr FC, along with running Soccer...

  • Playbook: Exploring decathlon competition data. Part 2

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/05/2014

    Playbook: Exploring Decathlon Competition Data Click HERE to read part 1   Clustering What we might be interested next is similarities between athletes, or in other words, which athletes have similar profiles. For that purpose we can use Hierarchical Clustering and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) which we are going to cover later HCWard <- hclust(d = dist(decathlon.normal),...

  • Playbook: Exploring decathlon competition data [Part 1]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 17/05/2014

    Playbook: Exploring Decathlon Competition Data Data set Decathlon data set comes from FactoMineR package and represents two competitions: Decastar and Olympic Games. For this example we will explore only Olympic Games competition, so we need to subset the data. # Load the needed packages library(FactoMineR) library(ggplot2) library(reshape2) suppressPackageStartupMessages(library(googleVis)) # Load the decathlon data data(decathlon) # Subset the...

  • Will Hopkins – A New View of Statistics [FREE PDF]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/05/2014

    I believe that printing it out is a lot easier to read than reading on website, I asked professor Will Hopkins a permission to share it on Complementary Training. He have agreed to share it.

  • Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer (Part 2) – Mark Williams Case Study

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/05/2014

    A friend of mine from the UK, Mark Williams was more than kind to share some of his thoughts and practical solutions with me and the readers. I want to thank Mark for taking his time to write it down and share.

  • Podcast Interview for Pacey Performance with Robert Pacey

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 13/05/2014

    Couple of days ago I have been interviewed by fellow coach Robert Pacey for his website and we spoke mostly about periodization and management issues in team sports (soccer in particular). The latest post I did on Planning the in-season microcycle in soccer was kind of extension of this talk. I hope you don’t mind my Borat accent and me...

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