New Horizons for the Methodology and Physiology of Training Periodization
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Professor Issurin’s review is to be commended on its overview of the historical evolution of periodization planning theory and the interesting general discussion. However, the central contention of the review, i.e. that block periodization represents a ‘new horizon’ in training planning, is, I suggest, premature and unsupported.
To substantiate this position, consider the two layers of evidence and rationale within Professor Issurin’s review promoting the superiority of block periodization in elite training contexts. The first layer is anecdotal, and consists of selected exemplar cases of athletes and coaches who have achieved high levels of success employing block-training designs. However, within the elite sports environment it would seem readily apparent that high honours are commonly achieved using a variety of training approaches, reflecting distinct coaching philosophies and differing planning models. Hence, while the offered examples are undoubtedly interesting and deserve...
KeywordsEndurance Training Training Context Training Planning Concurrent Training Sport Training
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