Monitoring athlete training loads: Consensus statement

Bourdon, Pitre C. and Carindale, Marco and Murray, Andrew and Gastin, Paul and Kellmann, Micheal. and Varley, Matthew C. and Gabbett, Tim J. and Coutts, Aaron J. and Burgess, Darrne J. and Gregson, Warren and Cable, N. Timothy (2017) Monitoring athlete training loads: Consensus statement. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12. pp. 161-170. ISSN 1555-0265


Monitoring the load placed on athletes in both training and competition has become a very hot topic in sport science. Both scientists and coaches routinely monitor training loads using multidisciplinary approaches, and the pursuit of the best methodologies to capture and interpret data has produced an exponential increase in empirical and applied research. Indeed, the field has developed with such speed in recent years that it has given rise to industries aimed at developing new and novel paradigms to allow us to precisely quantify the internal and external loads placed on athletes and to help protect them from injury and ill health. In February 2016, a conference on 'Monitoring Athlete Training Loads-The Hows and the Whys' was convened in Doha, Qatar, which brought together experts from around the world to share their applied research and contemporary practices in this rapidly growing field and also to investigate where it may branch to in the future. This consensus statement brings together the key findings and recommendations from this conference in a shared conceptual framework for use by coaches, sport-science and-medicine staff, and other related professionals who have an interest in monitoring athlete training loads and serves to provide an outline on what athlete-load monitoring is and how it is being applied in research and practice, why load monitoring is important and what the underlying rationale and prospective goals of monitoring are, and where athlete-load monitoring is heading in the future.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2019 05:54
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2022 03:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: injury prevention, wearable technologies, workload, prescribing performance
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
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