Integrated Periodization in Sports Training & Athletic Development considers the large problem of training specialists working in isolation and builds a case for integrated periodization as conceived by Tudor Bompa. The book begins by defining periodization as a specific theory and methodology, historically detailing how the term was formally derived, differentiating it from the current view of periodization as a Russian concept. Next, the authors clarify some common misconceptions of periodization by integrating evidence-based practice with emphasis on sports nutrition, psychological preparation, and training methodology. The book explores sport-specific applications of integrated periodization, development of biomotor abilities, and long-term planning. A novel paradigm for viewing adaptation is introduced, moving past homeostasis to include allostasis, and one approach (Maximum Recoverable Volume) is detailed that may be used to more effectively manage fatigue. Finally, the book includes a chapter on tapering strategies to peak athletes for competition using an integrated approach.
About the Authors
Tudor O. Bompa, PhD, has revolutionized many aspects of periodization of training starting with periodization of strength and power in 1963 in his native Romania. He has published 16 books on training, planning, political science, and social anthropology. Most of his books were translated into 19 languages and used in over 180 countries. Tudor has also been invited to speak on training theories and planning in over 40 countries. He has received 23 international awards in 21 countries, including the highest academic award, Doctor Honoris Causa, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania.
Prof. Boris Blumenstein is the director of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the Ribstein Center for Sport Medicine Sciences and Research at the Wingate National Institute of Sport; he is also the associate professor of the MA program in sport and exercise psychology at the College of Management, Academic Studies, Rishon Lezion, and at Givat Washington Teachers College (MA program). He received his PhD in sport psychology in 1980 from the All Union Institute for Research in Sport, Department of Sport Psychology, Moscow, Russia (former USSR). He is author and coauthor of seven books, 29 book chapters, and over 60 refereed journal articles, mainly in area of sport and exercise psychology. He has also made more than 80 scientific presentations at international and national conferences and workshops.Prof. Blumenstein’s current research interest includes mental skills training for performance, stress-performance relationship, and effectiveness of different mental interventions for athletic competitions readiness.
Dr. James Hoffmann holds a PhD in sport physiology from East Tennessee State University. He earned his PhD under Dr. Mike Stone, where he focused on the application of sled pushing to sport performance enhancement in Rugby players. James is the former program director of the exercise and sport sciences program at Temple University and is currently a sports performance consultant for Renaissance Periodization. James has taught numerous courses on strength and conditioning, nutrition, and exercise physiology.