HRV recovery delayed in linemen relative to non-linemen following training

The majority of research evaluating recovery status in American football players has evaluated endocrine markers, biochemical markers (i.e., creatine kinase) and subjective ratings of well-being. However, little attention has been given to cardiovascular markers. Football is often thought of as a predominantly anaerobic sport which may cause some to under appreciate the importance of having …

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Athletes experiencing overuse injuries also demonstrate reduced heart rate variability

Increases in training load are often used by coaches to stimulate adaptations in athletes. Overload periods are common in periodized training structures and often precede a taper leading into competition. Despite being exposed to the same training schedule, not all athletes respond the same way to intensified training. Some athletes will respond well and improve …

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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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Can we accurately measure HRV from a finger sensor smartphone app?

The use of heart rate variability (HRV) to monitor athletic training status in field settings is continuing to gain popularity among practitioners. This is because HRV is an objective, physiological marker that is sensitive to changes in fatigue and fitness. It has been used to evaluate how athletes are adapting to training and to avoid …

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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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Can HRV be used for optimal exercise prescription?

Over the past decade or so, there has been some very interesting advancements in our ability to predict ones adaptation potential to endurance training. Heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of cardiovascular-autonomic function, appears to be a strong indicator of one’s adaptation capacity. For example, baseline HRV has previously been shown to correlate well with …

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Standardized vs Individualized Training Approaches

Don’t be fooled by averaged data reports. In response to a standardized training program, where all athletes perform the same workouts, you will see some improve a lot, some a little and some not at all. At the highest levels of sport, many teams are moving towards a more individualized approach to training prescription. This …

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HRV monitoring in female soccer players

The majority of training load research typically involves only male athletes. Females are a very underrepresented group in this area of study. It’s important to understand that women are quite different from men, particularly from a hormonal perspective. Significantly less testosterone and higher estrogen in women really separate them from men when it comes to …

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HRV predicts race performances: Case Study

The terms “preparedness” and “readiness” are two major buzzwords in the strength and conditioning world these days. “Preparedness” refers to the physical fitness of the athletes, relative to the specific demands of their sport. This may involve having a high VO2max for endurance athletes or soccer players, high intermittent running capacity for rugby and basketball …

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