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Training Your Athletes To Be In Peak Physical Condition

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© August, 2011


by Roger Marandino (with Laanna Carrasso)
Strength and Conditioning Coach Brown University

The main goal of our strength and conditioning program is to prepare our players for the physical demands of football. The athletes must possess acceptable levels of strength and conditioning in order to prevent and lessen injury, and compete consistently at a high level. By moving forward a little bit each day and not taking giant leaps backward when injuries occur, we provide the building blocks for creating a strong, healthy, and passionate team.

There is a lot of time and effort invested trying to make gains of 10 to 20 percent between strength tests. If we over-train or allow injuries to develop during training, they could quickly loose 25 percent or more. The principles of classic periodization guide us as we progressively stress our players with strength and conditioning training. We use a twelve-week program that is split into three phases (General, Special, and Specific) and follows the classic periodization model with non-linear or “undulating” aspects. The general and specific periods are four weeks long, while the specific phase is three, allowing for an initial Active Rest Week tha ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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