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A Simple Heart Rate Test to Assess Recovery Status
Monitoring resting heart rate to assess fatigue levels and physiological adaptation to training is not a new concept. When taken first thing in the morning after waking, heart rate values can be compared to baseline. Increases in resting heart rate from baseline generally reflect an increase in fatigue or physical stress, indicating that the athlete is not fully recovered. Decreases in heart rate from baseline may indicate increases in fitness when assessed longitudinally while acute changes may be a reflection of positive recovery. A researcher named Heikki Rusko advanced the basic resting heart rate test by adding a...Read More
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