17/09/2017By 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...
04/06/2017By 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.
28/05/2017By Mladen Jovanovic on 28/05/2017
In May, 2017, 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. Since I already had the slides ready, I slightly modified them and decided to record...
13/05/2017By 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.
07/05/2017By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/05/2017
This is not a scientific article, and it is not intended to be. This is a manifest, an expression of our concerns with some practices related to Sports Training. Some outrage and sarcasm might be evident throughout the text; we do not drawback from it, as we think emotions play an important role and may aid in passing the...
29/04/2017By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/04/2017
What to do when? In the recent years I started looking at the warm-up not as “separate” part of the workout that has it’s own objectives, but as something that CAN and SHOULD be done at that current state of the organism that helps you reach workout and training objectives, while preparing you for the work to come.
22/04/2017By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/04/2017
Strengths/Weaknesses - The concept of strength and weaknesses is a bit abstract, but it can guide our decision making when planning out the micro-cycle. It is most frequently related to team tactics and game plan (strategy), but it can be applied to other training components/buckets (technical, physical, mental, etc) as well.
08/04/2017By Mladen Jovanovic on 08/04/2017
The dissection of the training week (microcycle) and distinction into recovery, loading and taper mini-blocks is of course artificial and represents a simple “jig” to be used to make decision making easier. In most cases we will use this simple model, but in some we need to realize it is only a model or a “jig” and we need...
19/03/2017By 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.