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Stimulation Part 2
The 2nd mode of stimulation is when athletes in particular are in need of bridging from low activity or recovery states to more demanding training or games that will hit the CNS (Central Nervous System) hard. We do not want to go from zero to 100 too fast. And it’s important to know that this is the case with even really fit people or athletes. Even though you may have plenty in the tank and only have played a game 7-10 days previously it is still important to layer up. At higher levels of sport this would be happening on a weekly basis. Using a system similar to Joel Jameison’s Conditioning methods there would be a stimulation-High-low days.
Repeated twice to suit a game being played on a Saturday for instance. This is why I have come over the years to like training the night before Championship games and have a day off 2 days previous. There is many benefits to this. Mentally I think it reduces the length of time available for overthinking or game anxiety which many players silently suffer from. It also means you can do a reasonably intense (but short) session on say a Thursday, recover Friday, stimulate Saturday and play Sunday. A lot of housekeeping can take part on the Saturday and it means players turn up on game day ready and it’s bang-bang-bang. Within the training week stimulation on a Monday ahead of a Tuesday field training session might be a 30-40 minute session of movement prep, basic conditioning like 6-10 tempos and 2-3 lifts for 1-3 sets of Squats, Dead’s, Pulls.
A further extension of this are primer workouts. There is growing evidence for doing some strength and power training within 24 hours of a game. It really depends on the athlete or indeed their confidence in you and most probably their training experience also. I have used it with professional athletes and lowly trained athletes alike, you just have to know the athlete and trial and error and layer up sensibly.
We continue this post in the final post next up.