By Mladen Jovanovic on 03/07/2014
First off let me be clear – I have never been involved in national team preparation. Nevertheless, I would like to pinpoint to some issues that I believe are troublesome.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 28/06/2014
I will jump straight to the case – with soccer players it is far more important to make them go regularly to the gym and to perform basic compound lifts than it is about some fancy exercises and set & rep schemes. It is about building habit, team culture and trust in the strength program.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 04/06/2014
In this article I have presented something that’s called “summated microcycle”, the solution I first read about in Total Soccer Fitness by Ian Jeffreys.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 30/05/2014
I will use this installment to share some thought on “Recovery mini-block”, which is one of four parts of microcycle: recovery, load, taper and game. I will focus on starters (see concept of functional groups in previous installments: starters, bench, reserves) and focus on one game per week, although this discussion can expand to two games per week as...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 20/05/2014
Approximately a month ago I have emailed a lot of prominent coaches and sport scientists a survey form to rate their experience with AMS products and also rate/describe their needs. The goal of the survey was to improve the experience with AMS products by giving their manufactures some form of feedback, but also share common issues between the users....
By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/05/2014
It is great that coaches started sharing their own case studies and I urge others to share their own experiences and solutions. I am more than glad to share Mick McDermott's solution to in-season microcycle organizational problems. Mick McDermott was fitness coach for Al Ain FC for 5 years and currently works for Al Nasr FC, along with running Soccer...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/05/2014
A friend of mine from the UK, Mark Williams was more than kind to share some of his thoughts and practical solutions with me and the readers. I want to thank Mark for taking his time to write it down and share.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/05/2014
One step toward that direction is solving the planning complexities of in-season microcycle in soccer (might be some other team sport as well, such as basketball, rugby, handball, hockey, football, etc). I have presented a following template and I would love to ask for your opinion or practical solution and rationale for it.
By Mladen Jovanovic on 07/05/2014
Spider Charts Sucks! I am openly sharing my opinion (backed up with work by Stephen Few) that spider charts sucks. It is time for the sport scientists to move away from PES (Pro Evolution Soccer; game on Sony Playstation) and similar games influencing how we visualize athlete profiles. Let’s assume we have a movement screen scores and we want...
By Mladen Jovanovic on 28/04/2014
How to Analyze Movement Screen Tests? Continuing on the previous post I had an idea to make further analysis. Please note that this is only a playbook. The idea is to transpose the data, and instead of clustering the athletes, we cluster the metrics or tests. What we are looking for is to find tests/metrics that are similar...