Author: Brenda Merks

After the summer break, and the corresponding decrements in physical fitness, the preparation period focuses on restoring the physical fitness of the players. The endurance capacity of the players is one of the factors that is reduced in the summer break. However, this capacity is...

In the last weeks, most football- and hockey players have enjoyed their well-deserved summer break. After a long season, the players needed some mental and physical recovery time to be ready for the start of the new season. For some players holiday time is already...

From little on boys and girls have the dream of becoming a professional hockey or soccer player: they dream of winning league titles and playing in the World Cup final. However, only some are lucky enough to get scouted for a professional youth academy. Even...

Which players in your youth academy are ready for the next step? Deciding which players remain in the academy next season and which teams they will play in, is a tough decision. Several aspects need to be taken into account (tactical skills, motivation, anthropometrics, physical...

In the last blog we have discussed how benchmarks can help you plan your training program ahead. Furthermore, in previous blogs we have also discussed the added value of using both GPS-data and subjective data to monitor your team. However, we have not discussed how...

In the past few weeks, different concepts of periodization have been discussed and it is explained how you can check whether you have reached the demands. However, this was all based on checking after the training whether you have reached your goals. In today’s blog,...