Linear vs Non-Linear Periodization for Team Sports

Periodization of a team’s strength and conditioning sessions over a season can be a mine field of information. How many sessions should be run in each phase? How intense should each session be? When should we move from phase to phase?  A lot of coaches use either a linear periodised programme or a non-linear, perhaps without even knowing they are. So the question becomes which of these two styles is better utilized for teams? I believe the question should not be “which?” But “when?”  Both systems have their place within a full season macrocycle it’s only at what point they are best utilized. (more…)