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Challenges Applying the Research on Periodization

Cissik, John MBA, MS1; Hedrick, Allen MA2; Barnes, Michael MEd3

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181637f83
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Abstract

THE PRINCIPLES OF PERIODIZATION ARE COMMONLY USED IN THE DESIGN OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING REGIMENS FOR ATHLETES. RESEARCHERS EXAMINING ITS EFFECTIVENESS HAVE FOUND IT TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN NONPERIODIZED APPROACHES TO TRAINING. HOWEVER, RESEARCH ON PERIODIZATION IS SURPRISINGLY LIMITED IN SCOPE AND THIS MAKES ITS APPLICATION CHALLENGING. BY BROADENING SUBJECT SELECTION, INCORPORATING LONGER TERM STUDIES, INCORPORATING MULTIPLE MODES OF EXERCISE, AND BY CONDUCTING OBSERVATIONAL AND SURVEY STUDIES, THE RESEARCH CAN BE MADE MORE APPLICABLE TO REAL-WORLD COACHING.

Author Information

1Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas 2National Strength and Conditioning Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado 3Infinity Personal Training, Colorado Springs, Colorado

John Cissik is the Director of Fitness and Recreation at Texas Woman's University.

Allen Hedrick is Resident Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Michael Barnes is the Owner of Infinity Personal Training.

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