New Horizons for the Methodology and Physiology of Training Periodization. Block Periodization: New Horizon or a False Dawn?
Sports Medicine, 40
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2165/11535130-000000000-00000
It would appear premature to herald block periodization as a ‘new horizon’ in training planning, partly because of a
fundamental lack of supporting evidence and clearly delineated rationale, and partly because contradictory evidence exists questioning its universal efficacy in elite contexts. What block periodization does positively contribute to current planning methodologies is a more formal description of a particular planning tactic that may
be advantageously added to the elite coaches menu of potential planning options.
Therefore, while blocked-training schemes may be useful ploys in specific training contexts, the claim that this framework represents a new departure in training planning may be somewhat overly enthusiastic. Hence, perhaps a more appropriate description of block periodization is
‘new variation’, rather than a ‘new horizon’, in sports training planning.
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