Is Periodization Dead?


This was one of the questions asked at a presentation I did to Athletics and swim Coaches at University of Queensland.It is an important question, certainly not one to be taken lightly.Periodization as it has been commonly taught by Bompa et. al. is dead!That neat defined world of general preparation, special preparation,competition and transition does not exist any more. Contemporaryreality is that of an extended competitive season without well definedlong periods of general preparation. We must recognize that planning isstill the cornerstone of all training, but we must not be bound byantiquated concepts that are derived from former eastern bloc nationsthat had strict control of their competitive schedule and total controlof the athletes lives. Traditional periodization also fails to addressadequately the planning and preparation for team sports. We build uponprinciples of adaptation and current research to build plans that arerealistic in our cultural and competitive milieu. Recognize thatthorough and complete planning is a must, do not misinterpret what I amsaying. We must be careful that we are not sheep walking and blindlyfollowing methodology that is outdated. There is a new reality that wemust prepare for.

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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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