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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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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Guiding training with weekly countermovement jumps

A common periodization strategy for improving athletic performance variables involves a period of progressive increases in training volume (i.e., overload) to induce fatigue followed by a tapering phase leading into competition. During the overload, performance decrements are typically observed as fatigue masks fitness and performance capabilities. However, during the taper when training loads are systematically …

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Training Load, Performance and Injury Risk

Training loud refers to the amount of training related physical stress that is performed by an athlete. Monitoring training load has become a huge topic in strength and conditioning in the last decade or so. It’s also become a huge business. A variety of companies have emerged with products that are designed to either a) …

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Perceived Wellness Corresponds to Training Output

A lot of time and money is being spent on technology at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels of competitive sport. The current interest appears to be in evaluating an individual athlete’s level of readiness to perform. Coaches understand that performance can fluctuate on a daily basis, despite high levels of physical preparedness. This can …

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Tracking Performance During the In-Season

Over the course of a long season, physical performance parameters may start to deteriorate due to high competitive stress and an insufficient training stimulus to maintain these qualities. This is largely due to time constraints that the in-season phase has, leaving little time and energy for strength and power training. Practices, competitions and conditioning take …

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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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Sensitivity of various monitoring variables to fatigue

There are several variables that coaches have the option to monitor when it comes to tracking fatigue and training status in their athletes. Though it can get quite complex and sophisticated, we can categorize monitoring variables into three groups listed below with a brief list of examples for each: Physiological Heart rate variability (HRV) Heart …

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