Periodisation models

Periodisation is a programme management and planning method which uses a logical manipulation and sequencing of training variables to bring about the optimal adaptation in the player. Research has indicated periodised training programmes produce more favourable improvements in physical qualities than non-periodised training plans. For example, a meta-analysis by Williams and colleagues in 2017 found that periodised training plans produced greater gains in maximal strength compared with non-periodised training plans. There are several different Periodisation models that can be used to physically develop a player. A combination of Periodisation models can be used over the course of a season. Three of the more common Periodisation models used to try and achieve optimal physical adaptation are:

  • Linear Periodisation
  • Undulating Periodisation
  • Block Periodisation.