Why choose this CPD?

In this CPD presentation David Johnson delves into the fine detail of designing a weekly micro-cycle for adolescent football players. David has a number of years experience designing and implementing such programmes to Footballers across 3 different professional Football academies, so is perfectly placed to discuss the topic. Furthermore David’s research into the adolescent Footballer has been and continues to be far reaching off the back of his masters work relating to growth and maturation in academy Players, and his PhD studies into training load and injury in the same cohort.

The video presentation will look at where to start and what things to consider when aiming to provide the best athletic development plan for each individual. For example, navigating the rigours of academy Football alongside school, extra-curricular clubs and other activities as well as simply being a kid and enjoying their home life. David touches on sleep, travel, nutrition and on injury risk, including the role of growth and maturation, outside commitments and the unknown training load that academy players experience away from the club setting. There are some key take homes from this CPD presentation that will hopefully inform your knowledge of designing the micro-cycle in adolescent Football players and more importantly allow you to implement some of the information highlighted.

Who is the CPD author?

About David Johnson – Physical Performance Scientist

David Johnson started his career by completed an undergraduate degree in Sport & Exercise Science at Manchester Metropolitan University alongside working in the academy at Crewe Alexandra FC. David has also completed a master’s in research at the University of Bath investigating growth and maturation in academy footballers. David currently works as an academy Physical Performance Scientist at West Ham United FC having previously worked as an academy Sport Scientist at AFC Bournemouth. David is also in the process of completing his PhD looking into training load and injury in adolescent Football players.

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