Must-Read Articles

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Establishing 1RMs (ADDENDUM)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 30/11/2017

    Imagine we have two athletes who weight 75kg and 100kg and they both perform 5 pull-ups with extra 20kg attached using dip belt. What is their 1RM?

  • Strength Training Categorization – Part 1

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 05/11/2017

    What is the point of categorization? Well, one of the reasons is to “reduce dimensions” and make transfer of the information easier. Categorization is hence a “mental economy”.

  • Managing Teams With Trello

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/10/2017

    I am pretty certain that the first one to suggest using Trello (somewhere in 2013) was Jose Fernandez from Houston Astros. Jose is pretty much technology clairvoyant. Another person that directed me to use Paul Dijkstra et al. five-color health and performance risk grading system 1 (see the below picture) was Brian Green from USA Rugby Sevens. We keep...

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Establishing 1RMs

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 16/10/2017

    Having established exercise 1RMs is of the utmost importance for programming and performing percent-based programs. Pretty much everything revolves around this performance metric.

  • Managing the High Performance Teams [Part2]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 01/10/2017

    Unfortunately, or luckily, in High Performance Teams, there are multiple coaches that need to be consulted for the optimal schedule (and its changes). Besides, if we follow the ideas of the Agile Periodization, then we are constantly updating the plan in iterative manner, and these updates need to be the result of the Sprint meetings. This demands that the...

  • Latest on Load Monitoring [Video & FREE Templates]

    By on 28/09/2017

    Sean Williams was kind enough to provide short review of the recent load monitoring workshop, held at the World Rugby Science Network Conference, as well as to provide full slides and Excel templates. This is tremendous resource for those interested in injury prediction analytics.

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Functional Groups

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 17/09/2017

    Without being able to come up with more appropriate name, functional groups relate to the current training status of the athlete (i.e. away, national team, injured, available, etc) and whether they played the previous match or are they going to play the next one. This makes planning a bit easier for the coach, although there are going to be...

  • Microcycle Planning for Team Sports

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 09/07/2017

    In this video I am covering the following concepts: 1) Top-Down versus Bottom-Up planning; 2) Functional Groups within the team; 3) Mini-Block and their variations; 4) Planning for micro-cycles of different length; 5) Distribution of Strength versus Weaknesses work; 6) Distribution of Individual versus Collective work; 7) ...

  • Agile Periodization: Decision Making Under Uncertainty [Part 2]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/06/2017

    In the first part I have covered issues and limitations of the contemporary planning/periodization strategies, and the idea that as practitioners we need to figure out how to make good decisions when facing uncertainties. In this final part, I am providing potential solutions to the issues identified.

  • Agile Periodization: Decision Making Under Uncertainty [Part 1]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 28/05/2017

    The point of the talk is to provide the overview of the flaws of the contemporary planning/periodization, but also to provide a potential solution to the problems. The overall theme of the Agile Periodization is the utilization of the best heuristics and strategies when dealing with uncertain and complex situations, and taking risk into account besides besides solely basing...