Scheduling of training and recovery during the in-season weekly micro-cycle: Insights from team sport practitioners

Rebecca Cross, Jason Siegler, Paul Marshall, Ric Lovell

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The aim of this study was to determine the in-season micro-cycle scheduling strategies used in professional team sport with particular reference to the reasoning and perceptions that underpin current practice. An online survey was completed by 35 practitioners from professional collision (C; Australian rules football: n = 9; rugby league: n = 6; rugby union: n = 2) and non-collision (NC; soccer; n = 18) sports. Respondents identified a common 48 h post-match recovery period, with few scheduling training stimuli during this period (NC: range: 0–17%; C: range: 0–47%). The majority (C: 78%; NC: 89%) of resistance training sessions were concurrent in nature, often delivering resistance training in the afternoon following field-based training (C: 72%; NC: 92%). NC practitioners were less satisfied with the maintenance of strength, power and hypertrophy (33–44%) versus C sports (59–76%), reflected by the lower frequency of prescription reported (C: 2.4 ± 0.6; NC: 1.5 ± 0.9; p =.003). Cold water immersion following both matches and daily training was highly prevalent, as was the adoption of self-report tools to monitor recovery. The congested and concurrent nature of training prescription during the micro-cycle, together with the universal adoption of routine cold water immersion warrants further investigation to inform evidence-based prescription and scheduling of training and recovery modalities in professional team sports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1287-1296
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Sport Science
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 26 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Micro-cycle
  • recovery
  • survey
  • training prescription

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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