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Lots of different approaches to planning out workload and phasing in strength & throwing workouts over a week and season.
Very interesting article today on #1 Oregon Ducks football team approach to strength & conditioning. For you non-football folks, they essentially play an up tempo fast break basketball or track meet style of offense. Against USC they scored 21 pts in 4 minutes. In the 4th qtr they outscore teams like a bazillion to nothing; the opponents run out of gas.
Their core lifts are the Olympic lifts for power and explosion; they do not "lay down" and bench press, etc.
Part of their philopsophy is to practice like they play in games....super fast.
Most football teams take Sat and Sun to heal up from the physicality of a game, watch film Mon with a light day, practice tue,wed, thur, then rest up fri for the saturday game.
Starting last year, Oregon football had the players icing down on Sat immediately after the game to reduce imflamation; active recovery or treatment on Sun.
Then, they practice fast and hard on mon, tue, wed; thur is a light day, then fast and hard again on Friday to peak for the Sat. game.
Most college football teams get in great shape during the pre-season then try to hang on & maintain over the season as their bodies wear down.
Not suggesting throws practice at a fast pace, but they are bucking the trend by trying to peak each weekend. Their practice and actice recovery strategies are their "conditioning"; no extra conditioning is done.
My point here, is there is a lot of debate about 1) how often a thrower can "peak" during the season and 2) tapering off to peak. What Oregon's football team is doing is smart training by using work and recovery to always stay fresh, i.e., they don't overtrain.
published at Nov 11th 2010 6:50pm on http://www.effortlessthrow.org/