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 wellness relates with decrements in training output in pro soccer

The age old question of “how are you feeling?” is a highly underrated monitoring tool that tends to get overlooked in the current era of advanced sports science technology. Factors such as mood and sleep quality tend to deteriorate when fatigue accumulates and performance starts to suffer. Therefore, tracking this information can be a useful …

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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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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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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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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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Effective Athlete Monitoring: Wellness Questionnaires

Advancements in both sports science and technology have resulted in the development of very sophisticated equipment for monitoring athletes and quantifying training load. At elite levels of competition, coaches may be using expensive GPS devices to keep track of player load. Blood testing, heart rate variability, psychomotor speed changes, and so forth may also be …

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