Fitness, training load and injury risk in elite soccer players

One of the best predictors of injury risk among athletes are abrupt increases in training load. These are typically observed during periods of concentrated loading such as preseason training camps where practices are often held twice daily. Other times where this may occur are following breaks or unloading weeks where the coaches crank up training …

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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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Athlete Monitoring: Practical Data Collection for Subjective Measures

In previous posts, the topic of monitoring session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE) and wellness status were discussed here and here. To briefly review; sRPE: Approximately 30 minutes following a workout, practice or competition, the athlete provides a rating of perceived exertion value based on the chart below. This number is multiplied by the duration …

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Comparison of sRPE reported by Coaches and Players

The topic of monitoring training load has been discussed several times on this blog. Though this concept has been around for quite some time, it is only recently that it’s wide spread usage, particularly at the collegiate level, is being adopted. Tracking training load suggests that the coaches are interested in maintaining the health of …

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Monitoring Training with sRPE in Football Players

Monitoring training load in athletes is currently a hot topic among coaches in the strength and conditioning community. With technological advancements, coaches now have numerous ways of quantifying the physical stress load experienced by their athletes. The sport of football is unique in that it involves explosive bursts of activity, involving considerable physical contact. Unlike …

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