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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/09/2015
Agile Planning in Sports Training How do we manage uncertainty and risk in training planning? What is Agile Periodization approach to this and how it can be implemented? How is this similar/different to more traditional approaches? What is “Waterfall” method of planning? There is another way to look at training planning taking into account “modern” constraints imposed on athletes and coaches, along with managing...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/05/2014
Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer Part 1: Complexity Being motivated by Fitness in Soccer book by Jan van Winckel, I decided to put some of my thoughts on paper regarding the in-season weekly planning. The goal of it is to check my thoughts and solutions with fellow coaches and also being a bit more prepared for future vacancies....