Time-course of perceptual and neuromuscular recovery following resistance training

Programming resistance training during the in-season competitive phase can be quite challenging. This is because coaches need to ensure that athletes are receiving a sufficient training effect to maintain strength, power and muscle mass without compromising recovery and performance. Thus, picking the right days of the week to implement resistance training sessions that allows sufficient …

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Wellness responses to preseason training loads in NCAA DI Football Players

Preseason training for American college football players involves roughly 4 weeks of intense training, typically in hot and humid conditions. Heat stress is exacerbated by protective equipment requirements. The high concentration of training in extreme conditions put players at risk of injury and/or excessive fatigue. It’s no surprise that injury right are highest during the …

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Reduced countermovement jump predicts decrements in training outputs

The topic of athlete monitoring has garnered a lot of attention from both coaches and sport scientists in recent years. This is partly due to a greater appreciation of the fact that individual training responses differ substantially among athletes. By tracking fatigue and recovery status, coaches can make strategic training interventions for individuals by increasing …

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Time-course of perceived recovery in college football players after game-day

Measuring recovery in athletes isn’t so simple. There remains quite a bit of debate regarding what the best metrics are to monitor fatigue in athletes. Objective physiological markers like creatine kinase (muscle damage), inflammation, testosterone to cortisol ratio and heart rate variability are useful but can be hard to acquire and quite costly. Further, the …

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Does hydrotherapy increase short-term recovery of neuromuscular performance?

Short-term recovery from muscle damaging training can directly affect subsequent performances. This has implications for situations where repeat performances are required, such as in tournament play. There is still considerable debate as to what the most effective recovery interventions are to mitigate performance decrements during subsequent training sessions or competitions. Cold water immersion and contrast …

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HRV responses to overload and tapering in sprint-swimmers

Despite being exposed to the same standardized training program; inter-individual responses will vary considerably among athletes. The training load will be too much for some, too little for others and just right for a few. Therefore, it’s important for coaches to appreciate the need for evaluating the individual responses to training. Knowing and quantifying training …

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How long should you taper following preseason training?

Intense preseason training is an integral component to preparing physically and tactically for the upcoming competitive season. In team-sports like football and rugby, preseason training involves a 2-4 week period of intensified training, often times with 2 practices per day. This results in a heightened risk of injury, illness and excess fatigue. According to Dr. …

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Interpreting HRV changes in soccer players

Since the development of smart phone applications capable of accurately measuring heart rate variability (HRV), more and more teams are starting to use this marker for athlete monitoring. Though numerous studies have supported the use of HRV for reflecting recovery status and training adaptation in athletes, the real-world application of HRV in field settings can …

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Low Budget Athlete Monitoring as Effective as Expensive Tech?

With all of the technology currently available and being used by different teams, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you’re falling behind. Do competitors with a larger budget have an advantage if they’re using the latest products that are cost-prohibitive to smaller programs? Ultimately this depends on the individuals implementing the technology and …

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Acute Effects of Strength versus Power Training

Competitive athletes undergo rigorous training schedules in effort to improve physical capacities and thus enhance sports performance. The acute response to intense physical training is a potent perturbation of homeostasis; characterised by a reduction in physical performance due, in part, to damaged muscle tissue, altered neuro-endocrine function, depleted glycogen stores, accumulation of metabolites and increased …

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