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Alexandre Moreira, Johann C. Bilsborough, Courtney J. Sullivan, Michael Cianciosi, Marcelo Saldanha Aoki, and Aaron J. Coutts


To examine the training periodization of an elite Australian Football team during different phases of the season.


Training-load data were collected during 22 wk of preseason and 23 wk of in-season training. Training load was measured using the session rating of perceived exertion (session-RPE) for all training sessions and matches from 44 professional Australian Football players from the same team. Training intensity was divided into 3 zones based on session-RPE (low, <4; moderate, >4 AU and <7 AU; and high, >7 AU). Training load and intensity were analyzed according to the type of training session completed.


Higher training load and session duration were undertaken for all types of training sessions during the preseason than in-season (P < .05), with the exception of “other” training (ie, re/prehabilitation training, cross-training, and recovery activities). Training load and intensity were higher during the preseason, with the exception of games, where greater load and intensity were observed during the in-season. The overall distribution of training intensity was similar between phases with the majority of training performed at moderate or high intensity.


The current findings may allow coaches and scientists to better understand the characteristics of Australian Football periodization, which in turn may aid in developing optimal training programs. The results also indicate that a polarized training-intensity distribution that has been reported in elite endurance athletes does not occur in professional Australian Football.

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Carl Persson, Flinn Shiel, Mike Climstein, and James Furness

.S. , Sainani , K.L. , Carter Sayres , L. , Milgrom , C. , & Fredericson , M. ( 2015 ). Participation in ball sports may represent a prehabilitation strategy to prevent future stress fractures and promote bone health in young athletes . Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 7 ( 2 ), 222 – 225

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Shane Ball, Mark Halaki, Tristan Sharp, and Rhonda Orr

conditioning programs to reduce risk of injury. Lower-limb injuries’ accounting for 51.8% of total injuries suggests that lower-limb prehabilitation or preparation exercises should be included in strength and conditioning programs. Conclusions Our findings showed positional differences in body

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George Wilson, Dan Martin, James P. Morton, and Graeme L. Close

and multidirectional movements, may serve as a prehabilitation strategy for future stress fractures, including for running and swimming sports, which generally are devoid of such activities. From a clinical application perspective, it may therefore be suggested that practitioners who advise aspiring