By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/01/2017
I had the pleasure to interview Cristian Osgnach, who is one of the leading researchers and pioneers of Metabolic Power concept, as well as involved in GPEXE project, which is 20Hz GPS performance monitor & analytical system for professional sports. Enyoj!
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.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 08/09/2016
I’ve designed a simple 6 weeks running program for soccer, something that you can use with your athletes on the break or have it in your toolbox and apply it if needed in the RTP protocols or as extra conditioning. To make this program more individually tailored, I’ve used MAS – maximum aerobic speed.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 11/11/2015
Moxy Monitor is an oxygen muscle monitor that seems like an interesting technology that could be used to monitor training, but also get a glimpse into “bottle necks” of performance (which in my opinion is the goal of “prescriptive” monitoring). So I think Moxy could be useful, although I never tried it and I am not sure how the…
By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/08/2014
When I was with Hammarby in 2012/2013 we decided to purchase battle ropes to workout the injured guys, or for some extra cross-training for reserves. Not sport-specific? Agree, but sometimes you need to perform non-specific activities (e.g. with lower body injury) and plug them in a specific circuit, etc. Anyway, not a topic of today’s discussion.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/01/2014
Recently a friend of mine and a fellow physical preparation coach, who was working with futsal and was preparing Olympic level Judokas, got an offer to take care of a pro basketball team. Since I was the one recommending him to the agent, I was questioned would he be a good fit, taking into account his lack of experience…
By Mladen Jovanovic on 26/10/2013
Over the years there were couple of tries to monitor fatigue real-time in team sports, such as soccer. The most simple one was to use heart rate (HR) data and see if the players were getting tired by checking if the HR was getting higher and higher. Long story short – this doesn’t work and I have no clue…
By Mladen Jovanovic on 25/10/2013
Differences Between Locomotor Profile in Running and Biking, or Power vs Velocity Profiling I am playing with Metabolic Power data estimates and I come to one interesting and confusing “finding” and I want to ask for an opinion and/or direction on this. Locomotor profile (see slides from Martin Buchheit) is basically MAS and MSS, or Maximal Aerobic Speed and...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 23/08/2013
In the following video I will show you how to: a) Calculate normal scores for any test/statistic (percentiles & z-scores) and the difference between them; b) Calculate composite scores using weighting factors and normal scores; c) Use one great Excel tool – SOLVER to provide optimized solution for groups;
By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/08/2013
Individual Qualities vs Positional Demands One frequent question I get from coaches and try to resolve myself is whether the conditioning should be based on individual characteristics (MAS, YOYO, VMAX, etc) OR based on position demands? Regarding the position demands: how do we quantify them and what is the worthwhile difference (SWC) between positions that warrants different training prescription?...