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to the spring edition of sportEX dynamics which concentrates on pre-season training. Our writers come

from particular sports but their methods and advice can easily be adapted to whatever sport or activity you work in.

From basketball, Dr Duncan French sets the scene with a discussion

on periodisation. Jim Henry, fitness coach to the Premier League’s Aston Villa football club gives his views on modern football. Jeremy Snape, the Leicestershire cricket team captain, gives a player’s perspective whilst his fitness coach Suzie Woolmer tells us the tortures she puts him through. In addition, Dr Amy Lanou a multi-sport nutritionist and Dave Brown a massage therapist from rugby and cricket talk about their specialist fields. Thanks for the feedback on the first issue of 2008. Keep it coming. As Jim Henry mentions in his piece, there are as many training methods as there are trainers. If you have a particular routine that works for you and your athletes, or if you disagree with our writers, or you feel we are not covering a topic dear to your heart, then get typing and share your thoughts with us. You never know, you might end up a published author.

CONTENTS 4Journal watch 6Periodisation

7The Premiership way DISCLAIMER

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A look at some of the latest research Pre-season training is one of three major

phases of a year round programme. The concept of periodisation utilises S.A.I.D principles to optimise performance

Aston Villa’s strength and conditioning coach

gives an insight into the preparation of Premier League football players and offers some invaluable and honest tips for anyone working in football

Vigilance is the key to maintaining water balance during pre-seaon training

Pre-season training from the sports massage practitioner perspective

12Hydration 15Massage


18The core of cricket 19The modern approach

preparation for cricket A player’s perspective of modern day Pre-season strength and conditioning

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