GAINcast Episode 61: The Future of Periodization (with John Kiely)

John Kiely is one of the leading minds in periodization. By taking a critical look at current approaches to periodization, he is asking how we can move the field forward to keep up with what science and leading coaches have learned. On this episode he joins us to discuss how current models can be problematic, what other factors coaches need to take into account while planning, the role of stress and team culture in adaptation, and how technology can help coaches.

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To start off the episode we discussed whether or not traditional periodization models should play a role going forward. Given Kiely’s criticisms, should we abandon them, or build upon them? Both Vern and Kiely agree that, at this point in time, most periodization models have done more harm than good. The chief issue is that traditional periodization models focus on blind adherence to the plan, which causes a cascade of other issues:

Periodization models can give you a place to start, but they can also constrain creativity. Click To Tweet

Having a plan and a piece of paper means little without nurturing belief and positive expectations. Click To Tweet Deviating from a plan should be seen as a coaching success, not failure. @bingisser Click To Tweet

The key to successful creativity is having good inputs. This can come from the athlete or coach, and can be subjective or objective. All inputs have positives and negatives and Kiely outlined many of them in the podcast:

Don't let technology put you on autopilot. It's not about data; it's about the conversation it starts. Click To Tweet We need a culture where athletes are involved, but not one that wastes the athlete's brain space. Click To Tweet

We also discussed many other topics like the role of stress in training, variation, and more. Here is one more great quote from Kiely:

The paradox of change: sudden change stimulates growth, but is also the biggest injury risk. Click To Tweet

To learn more about this topic, you can listen to the full episode above. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.

Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

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