The University of Santo Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences Department of Sports Science hosted a seminar-workshop titled “Neuromuscular Adaptations to Strength Training and their Influence on the Periodization of Strength” by Carlo Buzzichelli, an internationally well-known coach in the field of strength and conditioning. Held on July 15, 2017 at the Alfredo M. Velayo Multi-Purpose Hall, it helped practitioners to learn what neuromuscular adaptations are elicited by strength training, how they affect the annual programming of strength training for athletes, and the way to integrate such concepts into a systematic plan. The seminar was by physical therapists, sports science practitioners, strength and conditioning coaches and physical education instructors.

Buzzichelli, co-author of the book, “Periodization for Strength Training,” is the director of the International Strength and Conditioning Institute, a world known institute in the field of strength and conditioning and sports performance development. Coach Carlo, as he his fondly called, discussed a systematic strength training which produces structural and functional changes, or adaptations, in the body.

According to him, training rationally adapts to the stress of increasing physical work. If the body is presented with a demand greater than it is accustomed to and enough recovery time is given to trained physiological systems, it adapts to the stressor by becoming stronger. As different types of adaptation may occur, periodization of strength offers a seven-phase approach that follows the physiological rhythm of the neuromuscular system’s response to strength training.