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The principles of training


The principles of training are intended to guide the coach in preparing, implementing and reviewing the training programme. The principles are mainly formulated from the accumulated knowledge and research within coaching science and coaching practice. The principles, if used appropriately, will ensure that best practice in terms of work and recovery are followed.

The key principles of training are:

  • Adaptation
  • Overload
  • Generality
  • Specificity
  • Rest and recovery
  • Detraining
  • Variation
  • Interference