Integrated Periodization in Sports Training & Athletic Development considers the large problem of training specialists working in isolation and builds a case for integrated periodization as conceived by Tudor Bompa. The book begins by defining periodization as a specific theory and methodology, historically detailing how the term was formally derived, differentiating it from the current view of periodization as a Russian concept. Next, the authors clarify some common misconceptions of periodization by integrating evidence-based practice with an emphasis on sports nutrition, psychological preparation, and training methodology. The book explores sport-specific applications of integrated periodization, development of biomotor abilities, and long-term planning. A novel paradigm for viewing adaptation is introduced, moving past homeostasis to include allostasis, and one approach (Maximum Recoverable Volume) that may be used to more effectively manage fatigue is detailed. Finally, the book includes a chapter on tapering strategies to peak athletes for competition using an integrated approach.
Tudor O. Bompa, PhD, has revolutionized many aspects of periodization of training starting with periodization of strength and power in 1963. He has published 16 books on training, planning, political science, and social anthropology. Most of them were translated into 19 languages. He has received 23 international awards in 21 countries.
Scott Howell, MD, PhD, is the international director of the Tudor Bompa Institute. His current research involves inpatient morbidity and mortality associated with androgens. He educates sports professionals on applied periodization theory and methodology and is a recipient of the APU Academic Scholar Achievement Award.
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