3. Must Read Posts

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

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 13/05/2017

    In this final piece of Weekly plans, I am providing practical example using very common and realistic scenario. 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.

  • 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...

  • Concurrent Strategies in Strength Training – Part1

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 26/03/2017

    Concurrent training by definition means training for achieving multiple training goals at the same time. Concurrent training in iron game was made popular by Westside Barbell Club and Louie Simmons, who erroneously called it ’conjugate’ instead of concurrent. Synonyms with concurrent are parallel and mixed training.

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

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/03/2017

    As I promised in Working on a Book blog post, I will post chapters and text pieces of the new upcoming book. In the following piece I am discussing weekly plans and the principles behind it’s design.

  • Uncertainty, Heuristics and Injury Prediction

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/03/2017

    I was asked by Rod Whiteley and Nicol van Dyk to contribute to the Aspetar Journal targeted topic issue that just got released off the press. I tried to combine my knowledge of predictive analytics, machine learning, philosophy of science, heuristics and practical experience as coach & sport scientist into one article. Hopefully I managed to create readable narrative.

  • 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...

  • Annual Planner for Google Sheets

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/01/2017

    Google Sheets are an amazing web app that allows real time editing from multiple users. This makes it great for collaboration, since everyone can see changes others made, their history, comments and so forth. Forget about sending files back and forth over email, or having corrupt files in your Dropbox – Google Sheets (actually the whole Google Docs) makes...

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