Periodisation for Atheletes .

Per iodization.


Macro Cycles .- Long term training program me ( Annually Programming ).

Mesocycles . Seasonal Term training , ( Off season , Pre season , In season  ) Mostly of 2 to 3 months .

Micro cycles. – ( Weekly programming for upcoming week ) very much used in In season .)


Phases for Per iodization.


Off Season  (Prepatory Phase).


Pre Season.


In Season .


Transitional Phase.


1)      Off Season – Active Rest .

General Preparation.

Higher Volume , Low Intensity.

Improved short term endurance work capacity.

Important component for an athelete as it develops the base for pre season training.


Will focus more on technique and form of  exercise , gradually moving to hypertrophy , to start of Max Strength .


2)      Pre Season – Pre season would have some special exercises which is related to specific sport. More functional to a sport and also depends on specific role of an individual in a sport. Eg – Game of football – Athlete playing in front would have different program me compare to a goal keeper .

It would be moderate in volume to low volume compare to moderate intensity to high intensity. The Goal for pre season would be to develop strength and power. ( Max Strength and Ply metric exercises.)


3)       In Season – In Season the athlete will be focused more on the practice of his game.


a)      Proper recovery and maintenance should be focused.

b)      Volume of training would be very less but with good intensity .

c)      There should be proper management between the sport and training to avoid overuse and injuries.

d)      Focus more on speed , power and maintenance in this phase of training.






Macro Cycle – Active rest  and transition periods after competition period.


Meso cycle – Restitution micro cycles after or micro cycles concentrated blocks or stressful competitions.


Micro cycle- Maintenance and restitution workloads or recovery days , daily training routines distributed into modules separated by recovery breaks and additional intra session  relief breaks. It can be advantageous to subdivide assigned workloads into clusters separated by rest pauses.


Cycles would not be accurately per iodized as it depends upon the different sport and the duration , intensity and volume of competitive phase.


Every Sport will defer from each other in General Phase , Pre – Competition phase and In competition phase.


It is important to have the athlete at its peak in competition phase. Sports vary their competition like 2 to 3 months, 4 months or even 6 months. An elite athlete can have max 2 peaks in a season.


So it’s a responsibility of a strength and conditioning coach to train and manage individual for its peak .proper recovery strategies and sessions should be organized.


Planning for peak.


There is no specific schedule for the peak . And this is the test for strength and conditioning coach how he manages all factors for a proper program me . The program me will again vary from individual and role in sport.


Factors –


1)      Training Status.

2)      Injury Status.

3)      Nutritional basic.

4)      Stress from sport coach.

5)      Competition   scheduled.


FMS – Functional Movement Screening would be of great use to detect the training status , after the screening from physio is done for any past or recurring injury .


Competition stress would vary from individual, depending upon his.

1)      Experience in sport ( a debutant and athlete playing his 100th game ).

2)      Level of Sport- (school and national competition).


The training would be from low to moderate volume with high intensity which can be micro managed from day to day and week by week.


A Micro cycle can be designed with high intensity start for a week ending up with a low intensity and recovery strategies at end.

(However some sport may need good intensity at end while starting with moderate.)


A)     The cycle considerations should be the same whether you plan on using a program me that is or is not linear within the time frame you have to prepare for competition.

B)     Ensure that the athlete doesn’t looses the influence of off season training till the end of the season. For that incorporate some preparatory  phase training during this phase.

C)     Basic strength and conditioning requirements before a formal per iodization program me.

D)      Conditions –

a)      If athlete is very low in physical condition.

b)      Extremely over weight.

c)      No Background in resistance training.



A base program me of 6 to 8 weeks may be needed to provide suitable adaptive period to resistance exercise.

(The above program me is needed in any rarely case).


Key points –

a)      Proper Assessment ( FMS )

b)      Novice in poor conditioning more ( GP ) would be required.

c)      Strong emphasis on correct technique with lower volume work.

d)      More gradual increases in volume and intensity may be required for weaker.



All program me should be made according to long term fitness goals.

Beginners should learn proper exercises.

If the basic is flawed than progress is impaired, transfers to other performance activities are reduced, leading to injuries.


Good amount of time should be given to learn proper exercise technique.


Lower level of exercise in same motion can be introduced if form or exercise technique is not correct.

Eg – if an individual is not able to do a push up with proper technique, transfer him to bar push up , or bench push up or if very bad in form than even a wall push up is recommended.


Establishment of good exercise technique is very important for long term fitness goal.


Even in elite athletes with good load in exercises with proper technique cannot be perfect in every session as previous session due to stress in sports , Domes , at the same time focus should be given to technique rather than over load.


Age Adjustments.


The concepts are the same but attainable target goals, implementation and progression may differ.


Factors to be considered.


A)     Physiological and psychological readiness should be considered as with any exercise program me.

B)     Young athlete would need more general phase with high volume and low intensity.

C)     While advanced athletes are ready for higher volume and intensity with more variations in execise.

D)     A beginner needs very little variation to learn the basic skill of s sport and to raise the basic physiological variables such as strength , power and work capacity from their untrained levels.




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