• Applying the In-Season Periodization of Strength and Power Training to Football
    This article offers a unique look into strength and power maintenance of football players (rugby or American) during the in-season period. This article provides an interesting perspective on how to maintain strength and power in sports that have longer seasons and usually result in larger performance decrements throughout that time span.
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  • NSCA ClassicsApplying the In-Season Periodization of Strength and Power Training to Football

    Why You Should Read This Article  

    This article offers a unique look into strength and power maintenance of football players (rugby or American) during the in-season period. As a season grows longer and more competitive, the maintenance of these physical qualities, including muscle mass, becomes very important.

    The author addresses a wave-like periodization model that includes two, three-week mesocycles, where the volume and intensity are waved for improved neural adaptation during the season. This model includes a three-set system for core strength and power exercises and a two-set system of constant load, for assistance exercises. The concept is that by alternating the training of lighter loads at a higher velocity and heavier loads at a lower velocity, power and strength can be maintained during the long season.

    It is stated that athletes with a low training age may be able to increase strength and power during the season; while athletes with a larger training age can maintain strength at 95-103% of their peak pre-season levels.

    Recommended Reading
    This article is recommended for reading because it provides you with an interesting perspective on how to maintain strength and power in sports that have longer seasons and usually result in larger performance decrements throughout that time span. Maintaining these physical qualities can lead to increased performances of the individual athletes, as well as the team.

    Strength and Conditioning Journal
    Applying the In-Season Periodization of Strength and Power Training to Football, Daniel Baker
    Volume 20, Issue 2, p. 18-27
    April 1998
     

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