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Sport Training Principles

Course name: Sport Training Principles
Course number: PPPD700
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 3 ECTS
Contact Hours: 22
Term: Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Course meeting times: Will be updated
Course meeting place: Will be updated

Professor: Assoc. Prof. Tomáš Perič, Ph.D.

Contact Information:
Office address: H210
Office hours: Will be updated

Course Description

This course enables students to understand how and why an increase in performance occurs, what training should contain, and how to make progress. This will involve theoretical mastering of the main issues in training, such as scientific principles, methods, recommendations, etc. It will cover issues such as the structure of performance, loading, components of training (conditioning – speed, endurance, coordination, strength and power development – technical, tactical and psychological preparation, etc.), theories of long-term athlete development, periodization and management of training.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
– Learn to identify and produce an increase of sport performance
– Understand how to develop skills and ability in sport
– Understand long term athlete development and periodization in sport
– Discuss different methods and principles of sport training components

Course Prerequisites

Methods of Instruction
Partly lectures (with and without PowerPoint presentations), but the main focus is on group work (small group discussions), consideration of case studies, role-play, etc.

Assessment and Final Grade

1. Assessment Type 1: Written test 40%

2. Assessment Type 2: Essay on one of the recommended topics 30%

3. Assessment Type 3: Individual presentation about a topic in sports ethics 20%

4. Assessment Type 4: Homework 10%

Marking scheme assessment PG 1-4 (1 = excellent; 4 = fail)

Course Requirements

Written test

Written test contains 15 open questions.
Criteria of evaluation: each answer is evaluated:
0 points – bad answer or no answer
1 point – average knowledge
2 points – excellent answer
To pass a test students must have at least 15 points.


The assessment essay should be on one of the recommended topics.
Criteria of evaluation: level of argumentation, scope and depth of coverage of the topic, originality.

Individual presentations

The presentation must be designed so as to be interactive, making the group think about and work upon the highlighted theme.
Criteria of evaluation: scope and depth of coverage of the topic, appropriateness of the form of the lesson, engagement of other students


Reading of recommended texts before the lessons, preparation for discussions of the suggested themes.

Attendance is mandatory.

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

Session 1: Sport training. Sport performance
Aims, tasks and basic terms: a systems approach to sport training. Training as a process of specialised adaptation, motor learning, social-psychological aspects. Theory of abilities and skills, types of abilities and skills
Structure of sport performance. Factors of individual and team performance

Session 2: Load
Load impulses, classification of training exercises as adaptation impulses, intensity, rate of specification. Manipulation with load, frequency of training impulses – supercompensation, recuperation

Reading: Dick (2002):
Sport Training Principles (pp. 47–108)

Week 2

Session 3: Long-term conception of sport training
Long-term athlete development – early specialization, training corresponding to
development stage. Stages of basic, specialised and elite training.

Session 4: Periodization of sport training
Annual training cycle, preparatory period, competition period, transition period
Reading: Bompa (1999):
Periodization. Theory and Methodology of Training (pp. 165–191)

Week 3

Session 5: Components of sport training. Speed abilities
Conditioning. Motor abilities – object of stimulation. Speed abilities. Basic
concepts, importance, strategy, stimulation, possibilities of development.

Session 6: Endurance abilities
Basic concepts, importance, strategy, stimulation, possibilities of development

Session 7: Strength and power abilities
Basic concepts, importance, strategy, stimulation, possibilities of development

Week 4

Session 8: Coordination and flexibility
Basic concepts, importance, strategy, stimulation, possibilities of development

Session 9: Technical preparation
Practical aspects of skills development. Methods of skills development.
Hodges and Williams (2004): Skill acquisition in Sport (pp. 247–267)

Week 5

Session 10: Tactical preparation
Strategy and tactics, tactical behaviour, tactical knowledge, tactical skills. Methods of tactical preparation.
Farrow, Baker and MacMahon (2007): Developing sport expertise (pp. 210–244)

Session 11: Managing of sport training
System approach, identification and formulation of system, managing phases.
Management of sport training: planning, evidence, control of performance,

Week 5 Exams

Required reading

Bompa, T. O. (1999). Periodization.Theory and Methodology of Training (4th Ed.). Champaign (Il): Human Kinetics.

Dick, F. W. (2002). Sport Training Principles. London: A and C Black.

Farrow, D., Baker, J. and MacMahon, C. (2007). Developing sport expertise. Researcher and coaches put theory into practice (2nd edition). London: Routledge.

Hodges, N. J. and Williams, A. M. (2004). Skill acquisition in Sport. Research, theory and practice (2nd edition). London: Routledge.

Further reading

Baechle, T. R. (1994). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. Champaign (Il): Human Kinetics

Dick, F. W. (1980). Sport Training Principles. London: Lepus Books.

Elliot, B. (1998). Training in sport. Applying Sport Science. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.

Kurz T. (2001). Science of Sport Training. Island Pond (USA): Stadion Publisher.

Martens, R. (1997). Successful Coaching. Champaign (Il): Human Kinetics.

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