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“Periodization programs benefit all sport. In curling, for example, a program that increases strength can reduce the force needed to throw a rock improving the precision of the throw.”

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Periodization can be explained as the process of varying a training program to bring out optimal gains in performance. Periodization training is effective for athletes from the grassroots level to the elite level. The most important thing to consider before starting a periodization training schedule is the design of the program. When creating your program it is important to take into account the ability of the athlete, type of sport and goals the training schedule is designed to meet.

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Athletics Training Programme

When developing a training plan, you need to collect some very specific information. First, you need the competition schedule in each macrocycle (season) so you can identify when the peak performance is desired for each individual athlete and/or team. Sometimes it is not possible to know exact date of every competition but you can usually estimate the dates of the major meets because there are often traditional weeks or weekends when they are held.

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Is There a Best Periodization Model?

Personal trainers and group fitness instructors are habitually seeking effective and optimal programs to maximize training adaptations in clients and students. Although muscular-strength researchers have not determined which type of strength training program is most advantageous, the present thought is that some form of periodization is central to the design.

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Periodize Training for the Masters Athlete

The theories underlying the application of periodization are sport-specific overload and recovery. Therefore, training cannot simply be an exercise that will “get you in shape.” Training must target the metabolic systems and motor patterns that are important to the sport.

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Strength Drills

When it comes to writing the overall workout, one must consider how the effects of Monday’s workout will impact Tuesday’s workout and subsequently Wednesday’s. To understand how workouts affect other workouts, it is important to understand the body’s physiological issues. The best way to understand physiological responses is to understand Hans Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) theory.

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Off-Season Conditioning Program

In designing the training program, I considered a number of training variables, those components of the training program that a coach can manipulate to bring about a desired training effect. In particular, when considering the goal of increasing work capacity, I was most concerned with the duration of work and recovery bouts.

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SIRC Launches Blog and Facebook Page and Group

SIRC is pleased to announce the official launch of their Blog and Facebook page and group.

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2008 SIRC Research Award

SIRC is proud to announce the official launch of the 2008 SIRC Research Award and the introduction of the SIRC Research Development Award.

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Dear SIRC Librarian:
At what age should a coach introduce periodization training?


Deb, Ontario Figure Skating Coach

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