Fasir enough. I was thinking more along the lines of strength athletes or speed athletes...not "ball players" ...but I'm biased like that.
What I meant to get at was more the idea that splits and split based programs requires either elite levels of fitness or drugs to be made to work...which we know to be bunk. For a lot of folks splits can be really effective, I think master's athletes and some atheltes in higher weight classes have similar challenges to elite strength athletes and "supplementing" atheletes, which is they have a disitinct need more recovery after intense sessions. but whatever, it all works.
as for drugs, let's not forget the beginning of the drug era is also the heyday of 5x5, Keys to Progress and all that...Anderson, Park, Bednarksi, all products of high frequency, full body lifting...that and little blue pills......