14/04/2011By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/04/2011
Random Thoughts and Links For anyone interested into expert (elite athletes) development, I highly suggest checking out the following articles (this is a series of articles, but only two parts at the moment): http://www.sportsscientists.com/2011/04/early-vs-late-specialization-when.html http://www.sportsscientists.com/2011/04/specialization-training-volume-and.html This series brings some more oil into the fire of early specialization vs. early diversification viewpoints and tries to explain researched phenomena in CGS...
22/03/2011By Mladen Jovanovic on 22/03/2011
It has been a while since I’ve updated this blog. To be honest I have been working and training myself and my writing mojo has left me one more time. I was thinking about writing on in-season planning, basically sharing my ideas, but I somehow I don’t feel like writing. Maybe after the season is over I could sum up some of...
20/02/2011By Mladen Jovanovic on 20/02/2011
I was quite busy lately and actually on training camp on Cyprus with FC RAD (you can check some of the pics here), thus I was not able to post much (or at all). I have actually met great Roberto Sassi in Larnaca when we played against FC Dynamo from Moscow. He was tracking his players HRs using Polar system. Unfortunately,...
15/01/2011By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/01/2011
While I was working on the 8-weeks pre-season plan for soccer I have been contacted by the head coach of FC RAD, Marko Nikolić offering me to join the coaching staff as the head strength and conditioning coach. I was serving the same position during the 2007 when the FC RAD was playing Second National League. Marko has led the team into...
07/01/2011By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/01/2011
I wanted to repost the link to Kubios, Finish University website posted by Canadian coach Derek Hansen at Charlie Francis’ forum. User guide is also available here and I guess it provides some good info on HRV. I plan getting a Suunto or Polar watch myself and play with it a little. Although I am wondering is there any need...
04/01/2011By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/01/2011
I just finished episode 16 – Behavior Genetics and Prenatal Environment. It is eye opening and if you want to spend 30min on learning something really freakin’ interesting watch it. It goes into the importance of pre-natal environment and how some traits are inherited without genes (like obesity, metabolic syndrome, anxiety, etc), inheritance numbers (like, human height is 95% inherited) and what do they...
03/01/2011By Mladen Jovanovic on 03/01/2011
Robert Sapolsky – Biology and Human Behavior The EXTREMELY good series of lectures by Robert Sapolsky that I am watching over couple of months (starting, stopping and going around). The subject of the lectures is very interdisciplinary and it goes into nature~nurture debate regarding behavior, brain, stress, aggression, etc; which is really hot topic these days especially if we talk about talent...
29/12/2010By Mladen Jovanovic on 29/12/2010
Don’t get into details of the plan too much, since I didn’t manage to put it into use. Why? Because I haven’t seen the athletes before making it, who were young girls that did not need such an “advanced” and complex planning at the first place.
24/12/2010By Mladen Jovanovic on 24/12/2010
Frame of Reference Take an acceleration phase in sprinting for an example. Ground reaction force passes through body’s center of mass (or slightly outside of it causing certain torque around body’s sagital axis) and certain component of it provides the prop ulsion force. The bigger the propulsion force, the greater the acceleration. The body inclination can affect this, but to get...