Module summary

This module examined several topics that will enable the coach to plan a more effective training programme for their players.

An introduction to mesocycle creation for hypertrophy, strength, and power was provided, along with methods for maintaining these physical qualities in-season when technical and tactical training take precedence.

Some common periodisation models and their pros and cons were introduced. The importance of using periodisation models as a guide rather than a steadfast set of rules that must be adhered to at all time was also highlighted. It is advisable for coaches to focus on the principles of training upon which these periodisation models are built and then to identify if these models could be useful in their coaching environment.

Strategies for individualisation in a team setting have also been presented which are useful when trying to train large numbers at the same time.

Considerations and needs of female players from a physical training standpoint have been detailed. Structural and hormonal differences between women and men do need to be recognised and there will be a difference in game demands but in general the female player does not need a massively different training approach compared to a male player.

Workload monitoring technologies were introduced. GPS technology is very useful for measuring on field workload in both matches and training sessions and its use has helped to provide a deeper understanding of the game-based demands that are placed on players. The velocity-based measurements are more suited to gym workload monitoring and they have the potential to make a training session more responsive to the day to day fluctuations in resistance training performance that players might experience.