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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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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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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Missing preseason training sessions increases injury risk

One of the strongest predictors of success throughout a competitive season is the health status of the team. Simply put, teams that can keep their best players on the field are more likely to be successful. There’s an old saying when it comes to playoff time that goes something along the lines of: “the team …

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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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Prevent Illness in Athletes by Tracking Training Load

Managing fatigue in athletes is crucial for a variety of reasons. Excess fatigue can lead to injury. Injury sidelines a player who can no longer contribute during competitions and will likely lose fitness capacities during this time, prolonging the return to play. Excess fatigue can lead to illness which can give rise to the same …

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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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Load, Monotony and Strain

In previous posts, we discussed how increases in training load are one of the biggest predictors of injury in athletes. Think about injury rates during periods of increased training frequencies and volume, such as during a pre-season training camp. It’s also easy to overload our athlete’s during the in-season as well if we aren’t carefully …

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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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Preseason Considerations: Injury Risk

Piggy-backing last weeks post about pre-season training camp and hydration, today’s discussion pertains to pre-season injury rates. Take a walk past the therapy room after the first day of camp and you’ll see a very busy staff of athletic trainers and physical therapists. As camp progresses, more and more athletes will be seeking therapy for …

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