Training Theory

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Testing Endurance for Team Sport Athletes

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 19/11/2016

    There are numerous endurance tests that a strength and conditioning coach (S&C from now on) might use. So many that it is confusing which one to choose and why. For that reason, I decided to write this article: I want to outline my reasoning and rationale when selecting an endurance test.

  • Experts answer: What Is Your Take On Field Testing For Sprinters?

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 05/11/2016

    Here are the answers of couple of experts and world class sprinter coaches regarding the topic of field-testing for sprinters. The coaches and the starter of this discussion wanted to stay anonymous.

  • Planning the Strength Training – The Addendum

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 27/08/2016

    In year 2008 I wrote series of articles about Planning the Strength Training. Back then, my “philosophy” (or should I say model of reality?) was (and I believe still is) highly influenced by Mark Rippetoe’s books: Starting Strength and Practical Programming. It made perfect sense and it represented reasonable model of the strength training process as a whole. Years…

  • Testing and Training Agility in Sports [Part 2]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 30/04/2016

    With a clear understanding of what agility is, i.e. which motor characteristics are necessary for agility to be manifested, it is possible to proceed with examination of motor characteristics that can potentially be trained in order to improve agility. In almost every scientific research in which author tried to assess the relationship between agility and different motor characteristics, as...

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