HMMR Podcast Episode 114: Bondarchuk for Team Sports (with Derek Evely)

A history of training methods for team sports is essentially a history of adapting individual sports methods to the team environment. We frequently get asked how the methods of Dr. Anatoliy Bondrachuk could be adapted from track and field to team sports. To tackle this question we invited Derek Evely back on the show to exchange some ideas.

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Highlights and Quotes

Bondarchuk’s methods work so well for throwers that it begs the question of whether it can be adapted to other sports. In July we hosted a online hangout on this topic for HMMR Plus members. But the discussion was just beginning. Derek Evely is a leading expert on Bondarchuk and training methodology and he joins us for a discussion on this topic.

Basics of Bondarchuk
  • 3:00 – A quick introduction to Bondarchuk’s method and issues in adapting Bondarchuk to team sports.
  • 8:00 – Can Bondarchuk be adapted to team sports?
Bondarchuk’s Different Methods
  • 11:30 – Complex methodology vs. other methods. Bondarchuk’s complex methodology is the most discussed, but not his only approach.
  • 16:00 – Advantages of complex methodology. Repeating the same thing leads to a faster peak: “The more you change things, the longer it takes to peak.
  • 18:30 – Why different sports require different methods.
Key Principles and Adapting Them
  • 22:30 – Two key points for Bondarchuk: (1) the more change you have the longer it takes to reach peak position; and (2) the more you control variance, the more reliable the peak is .
  • 23:30 – Adapting methods from individual sports. “All team sport methods have essentially been adopted from individuals sports. ” How well it works depends on how well you take into account the differences in the other sport.
  • 24:00 – Control: It comes down to control, but you will never have absolute control. Do you need a controlled environment? How well will things function without it?
  • Implementing With Other Methods

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    Further Reading

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