Nonlinear Periodization: Insights for Use in Collegiate and Professional American Football Resistance Training Programs
Nonlinear Periodization, despite being a relatively new method of periodization, is being used by a growing number of coaches in various sports, including American football. It allows for further variation in workout progressions but can also be integrated over a yearly training cycle at different times with the so-called linear periodization programs. However, “flexible” nonlinear periodization, which allows one to adapt to each individual player’s situational needs on a daily basis, has gained even more support. Assessing recovery and the athletes ability for quality training is vital to optimize the limited workout times available in both collegiate and professional football.
Kraemer, W. J., Torine, J. C., Dudley, J., & Martin, G. J. (2015). Nonlinear Periodization: Insights for Use in Collegiate and Professional American Football Resistance Training Programs. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 37(6), 17–36. https://doi.org/10.1519/ssc.0000000000000179
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Note: Jason Dudley is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Central Washington University Athletics.