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Training Programme Case Study Report

A 20 year old male presented with desire to improve his football performance within the university team, specifically isokinetic leg strength, sprint performance and endurance, related to concerns about performance towards the second half of the match. Physiological profiling demonstrated that the client is within the normal Body Mass Index range (height 174cm, body weight 75kg, BMI = 24.8) (Cole, Freeman & Preece, 1995). Physiological fitness assessments demonstrated that the client has a VO2MAX of 50ml/kg/min, which is classified as above average (classified as between 47-51ml/kg/min (McArdle, Katch, and Katch, 2001), with a 30m sprint performance reflective of this above average classification at 4.85s (Chamari, et al., 2004). Peak isokinetic concentric knee extension torque at 180°/s was measured using the KinCom Isokinetic Dynamometer at 115N/m, a useful and reliable assessment of strength Powers and Howley, 2001). This strength measurement can be improved upon, and will be addressed in a training programme (Wilmore and Costill, 2004).

The client has specifically selected leg strength as a factor to be improved, in relation to ability to kick the ball harder, and shooting long range balls, in addition to sprint performance and general fitness. Assessment of the physiological profile has highlighted that the client is a healthy male, within the normal BMI range, and an above average maximal lung capacity. 30m sprint performance has been shown to be a good predictor of lung capacity (Chamari, et al., 2004), and the client's time is reflective of this, although can be improved upon.

The third phase will concentrate on integrating core stability with maximal muscles tension and peak endurance, with the two 1.5 hour sessions for 3 weeks concentrating on speed endurance (8 x 100m, followed by 4 x 50m sprints with 3 minutes rest in between each) and heavy resistance weights, hamstring, gluteous maximus and quadriceps exercises (3 sets of 6-10 repetitions each).
The final phase will consist of 3 weeks concentrating on muscular regeneration and flexibility, with two 1.5 hour sessions per week consisting of 65% of one repetition maximal weight for leg strength exercises, and yoga, cable machine and cross training for the remainder of each session.

It is aimed that this training session will provide the foundations of core strength upon which will be built speed endurance and specific muscular strength which will improve by the end of the 12 week training programme.

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