Matveyev's six phases

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Matveyev's six phases

system of athletic training in which the first period consists simply of general body conditioning, the second adds some sport-specific training, the third introduces competition-specific features, the fourth includes preliminary competitions, the fifth is the main competition phase and the sixth is a recuperation period before the next six-phase cycle is commenced. Normally the phase durations are of the order of months, and the complete six-phase cycle lasts a year. (Named after the Soviet scientist who established the system in the mid-20th century.)