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Programming Practices and Loading Patterns in Team Sports

The Performance Intelligence Research Initiative  (PIRI) is excited to embark on new research for planning and programming!

In sports, planning and programming for physical training alongside technical and tactical sequences is supposed to be an easy practice—especially when you have been doing this for a long time. If you’re working with Olympic sports and preparing for some yearly competition, there are a lot of resources in terms of training programming and periodization, and much that can be done to help athletes reach their maximum potential.

 
However, with team sports that compete six to 10 months throughout the year, the current practice and approach in terms of planning is dramatically different and can vary widely from team to team. In addition, teams face multiple scenarios and decisions that need to be made:
 
  • When do you program your speed sessions—before or after the extensive travels of the international break?

  • Do you run the aerobic conditioning phase when players return from holidays (the week before the season kick-off), or during the Christmas break (which could be the only week off you may have)?

  • Should you fit your strength block periodization in between the Cup game on Tuesday and the away game next week?

In short, programming in team sports is very complex.

The Survey

With so few resources available on best programming practices in team sports, we felt that the best way to start filling this gap was to start questioning what people were actually doing in practices.

This simple survey will help us uncover the main tendencies within different team sports and allow us to derive some programming practices and loading patterns guidelines. We invite you to add your experiences here.
  • All questions are related to the team you are in charge of. If you have a transversal role across multiple teams, please make sure that you state which team your responses are related to.

  • We are asking for your actual practices (not what is intended and should be done in the ideal world!).

“Using effective systems in high pressure situation speeds up our reaction time… if we spend time developing simple systems for our most challenging areas of performance, it will pay dividends in terms of our ability to see the reality in front of us, anticipate the consequences of various actions and decide the right path to travel down… under pressure this will enable you to find your move.”

(Ceri Evans, Perform Under Pressure, 2019)

We look forward to sharing the results of our research with you.

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