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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Auto-regulated individual periodisation

This is a less common form of periodisation and is also known as ‘individualised periodisation’ or ‘auto-regulation’ of training (Bosco 1999, Siff 2000). The key principle underpinning this form of periodisation is that the load used is adjusted to the individual athlete’s adaptations on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis. This will allows the athlete or player to increase strength at their own pace by allowing the mood and performance of the player to dictate the type of training completed on a daily basis. Mann and colleagues (2010) examined traditional linear periodisation with auto-regulated training in trained athletes. The training period was for 6 weeks during the preseason phase in 2 separate years. After 6 weeks of training, improvements in total bench press, back squat and repeated 100kg bench press repetition maximum effort were compared between the auto-regulated and the linear periodised approach. The players completing the auto-regulatory progressive resistance exercise approach demonstrated greater improvement in 1RM bench press strength, estimated 1RM squat strength and the number of repetitions performed at a 100kg rep max test compared with the linear training group over the 6-week training period. The findings are in agreement with the experience of other S&C coaches who regularly use this auto-regulated periodised approach (Hennessy 2011).