Here is a basic understanding of how a strength and conditioning coach would incorporate plyometric work into an athlete’s periodised plan. When the athlete is in the ‘general prep’ microcycle, non-countermovement work, mostly landing mechanics will be done and progressed within different plans of motion. Once the athlete moves from general prep into specific prep microcycle, then the strength and conditioning coach will start doing more multi-planar, countermovement plyometric work, as well as continuous countermovement. As the athlete has moved into the competition phase of the macrocycle, this is when the strength and conditioning coach will have the athlete do maximal intensity plyometric work, but the volume is at an absolute minimum.
Due to plyometric work being extremely taxing on the body, the S&C coach will have to take into consideration that optimal recovery is needed. These athletes are using their central nervous system to its full capacity. To avoid injury, the athletes need to recover accordingly. When doing plyometric work in a session, try and optimize the rest between sets. The athlete should be resting from approximately 90 to 180 seconds between the sets. The frequency (amount of training days) of training will also depend on which part of the macrocycle the athlete is in. As mentioned before, maximal rest should be considered. Personally I would do plyometric work maybe three times a week. That would be the absolute most. Thus the athlete is able to recover not only from his/her field training but also from training done within the weight room.