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Periodization in College Soccer

Favero, Terence G., PhD; White, John, MS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 33–44
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000385
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ABSTRACT PERIODIZATION OPTIMIZES TRAINING RESPONSES TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE. COLLEGE SOCCER PRESENTS A UNIQUE CHALLENGE TO PERIODIZED APPROACHES BECAUSE OF A SHORT PRESEASON AND CONDENSED MATCH SCHEDULE. ACADEMIC CHALLENGES OF CLASS TIME AND INTENSIVE EXAMINATION SCHEDULES IMPACT ATHLETE'S SLEEP AND INTERFERE WITH FULL RECOVERY OFTEN LEAVING ATHLETES FATIGUED AND TIRED DURING AND AT THE END OF THE SEASON. THIS ARTICLE OUTLINES A MODEL SYSTEM TO ORGANIZE PERIODIZED TRAINING OVER AN ENTIRE YEAR, INCLUDING SUMMER TRAINING, PRESEASON, AND THE COMPETITIVE COLLEGIATE SEASON. PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS ARE OFFERED TO ADDRESS ACADEMIC AND SEASONAL CHALLENGES WHILE PREVENTING INJURY, AVOIDING BURNOUT, AND LATE SEASON PERFORMANCE DECLINES.

Department of Biology, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon

Address correspondence to Dr. Terence G. Favero, favero@up.edu.

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

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Terence G. Faverois a Professor of Biology and a Sport Scientist at the University of Portland.

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John Whiteis a Lecturer in Biology at the University of Portland.

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