Planning Strategies

  • 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...

  • 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

    Couple of weeks ago, I gave a guest lecture at Faculty of Kinesiology at Zagreb University in Croatia, thanks to the invitation by Cvita Gregov. The topic of my talk was Agile Periodization, a framework that I have been developing over the past few years.

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 6]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 13/05/2017

    To create a simple program and showcase on how to use the “puzzles” we will assume that we have 6 weeks of preparatory period and will model 4 weeks of competition period with 5 games. This is pretty realistic scenario.

  • Manifest: Against Pseudoscience-infected Training Theory and Methodology

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/05/2017

    Sports training is infected with pseudoscience disguised as proper science. From simple misconceptions to practices based on evidence of extremely poor quality; from inferences based on studies with extremely small samples to ignoring dispersion of data in favor of an excessive focus on central values.

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 5]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/04/2017

    In this part I am continuing the discussion on football and non-football related content, especially the “right” time to develop certain quality, appropriate combination of qualities to avoid interference between them, the concept of micro-dosing, how to vary training, and the use of heuristics in uncertain world of sports planning and decision making.

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 4]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/04/2017

    I am continuing the previous part where I discussed the analogy of the “puzzles”. In this piece I will cover two concepts that needs to be taken into account when planning: strengths~weaknesses and individual~collective complementary pairs. I also cover “probabilistic planning” model and the idea and use of heuristics.

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 3]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 08/04/2017

    In this part of weekly plans, I am expanding on the concept of the “puzzles” and use that approach for flexible and agile planning of the training week. This approach represents simple model or a “jig” that you can use for micro-cycle of varying durations. I also describe the concepts of “planning from the game” and “planning to the...

  • Physical Preparation for Team Sports: Weekly Plans [Part 1]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/03/2017

    By the week plan term I do not necessary refer to the calendar week of 7 days, but to a period between two games, that can last from 3 to 14 days. Since we are usually dealing with varied competition schedule, we need to rely on couple of principles and heuristics when planning the week.

  • Football Periodization: Review and Opinions

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/01/2017

    I managed to finally finish Raymond Verheijen’s book Football Periodization, and I must admit that I wish I’ve read it earlier. I highly suggest it for everyone working in intermittent, running based team sports. Even if I don’t agree with Raymond on all the points, I find it one of the best written books on the topic of problems...

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