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Periodization for Mixed Martial Arts

James, Lachlan P. MExercSc, MSportCoach1,2; Kelly, Vincent G. BSc (Hons)1,3; Beckman, Emma M. PhD1

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 6 - p 34–45
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000017
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ABSTRACT: THE MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST REQUIRES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BROAD SCOPE OF DIVERGENT PHYSIOLOGICAL ABILITIES TO COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY. TO MINIMIZE ANY POTENTIAL INTERFERENCE EFFECTS AND OPTIMIZE TRAINING ADAPTATIONS, A PERIODIZED TRAINING PLAN IS NEEDED TO MANAGE THE INTEGRATION OF THIS SPORT'S MANY TRAINING STRESSORS. THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES GUIDELINES AND PRACTICAL EXAMPLES FOR THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH.

1School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia;

2School of Exercise and Biomedical Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia; and

3UQ Sport Academy, University of Queensland, Brisbane, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Lachlan P. James is the owner and strength and conditioning coach at Athletic Kinetics, Vancouver, Canada.

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Vincent G. Kelly is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer in Sport and Science and Exercise Physiology at the School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, Australia.

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Emma M. Beckman is a lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland, Australia.

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