Special Issue "Periodization and Programming in Sports"
A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: strength training; aging; rehabilitation; return-to-sports; muscle–tendon mechanics; muscle extracellular matrix
Interests: strength training; muscle hypertrophy; efficient resistance exercise (minimal dose); low-back pain and lumbar muscle strengthening; perceptual responses to resistance exercise; fatigue
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Periodization, that is, the sub-division of training programs into sequential, specifically focused training periods, is a main pillar of training planning in sports. Periodization implements structured variability into the training process, with the aim of maximizing performance in the most critical phases of the competitive season and/or improving its long-term development. Different approaches to periodization, including linear, block, and undulating models, have been proposed, and the question of which approach is most effective for the development of certain components of fitness or performance in a given athletic discipline continues to be the subject of debate. Recent publications have generally questioned the applicability of the general adaptation syndrome theory (which underlies periodization models) in humans and, consequently, the necessity of periodization for adaptation to exercise.
The aim of this Special Issue is to collate scientific evidence related to periodization and programming in sports. Both manuscripts reflecting basic science investigating the physiological basis of periodized training, and applied studies comparing the effectiveness of different training approaches (e.g., periodized vs. non-periodized, linear vs. block vs. undulating periodization) for the development of strength, endurance, or athletic performance in any discipline are invited for submission. Studies performed in high-level athletes are particularly welcome. Original articles, critical reviews, case reports/series, and communications may be considered.
We look forward to receiving your work!
Dr. Robert Csapo
Dr. James Fisher
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sports is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- athletic performance