Tools and Benefits of Periodization: Developing an Annual Training Plan and Promoting Performance Improvements in Athletes
Authors: Michael B. Phillips, Jake A. Lockert, and LaNise D. Rosemond
Jake Lockert, MA
TTU Box 5043
Cookeville, TN 38505
Jake Lockert works at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN as research assistant in the department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness
Tools and Benefits of Periodization: Developing an Annual Training Plan and Promoting Performance Improvements in Athletes.
All teams and athletes have goals in mind with their prospective sports. They work hard and train in the off-season to achieve their goals. Most coaches and athletes change the intensity, volume, and exercises in their workouts to improve performance. In the past, the attempts at this have been from intuitive knowledge. But over the past 20 years, many coaches have learned and utilized the periodization theory. Although periodization has become more popular, coaches and athletes still appear to struggle with completely grasping the idea of periodization.
Many coaches periodize training without a full understanding of the many facets of this invaluable training method (10). A long term plan can periodize training in the weight room that will allow athletes to reach their full athletic potential, and, just as important become as strong as possible in the off-season right leading up to competition. The goal of this article is to give coaches and athletes a better understanding of a very relevant way to program for improvements in strength and performance. It will also provide specific ways of applying facets of periodization in setting goals for their athletes (11).
Keywords: periodization, strength training, performance training, preseason planning, improve athletes, coaching