Why do we need it?
Failing to respect an athlete’s recovery needs may lead to an inappropriate accumulation of fatigue, resulting not only in reduced workload tolerance and hence decreased performances, but also in an increased risk for injuries and cognitive and mood disturbances (which may lead to an overstrained state).
Athletes fail to perform to the best of their ability if they become infected, stale, sore or malnourished. Excessive training with insufficient recovery can lead to a debilitating syndrome in which performance and well-being can be affected for months. Eliminating or minimizing these problems by providing advice and guidelines on training loads, recovery times, nutrition or pharmacological intervention and regular monitoring of athletes using an appropriate battery of markers can help prevent the development of an overtraining syndrome in athletes.
To avoid burnout or overtraining these signs must be recognized early and training and recovery periods must be adjusted accordingly.
GAS OR GENERAL ADAPTATIONS SYNDROME DESCRIBES THE BODY’S SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM REACTIONS TO STRESS IN THREE STAGES
TRAIN AND REST LIKE A BEAST
The recovery strategy begins with a wise periodization of the training cycle, where the work/rest ratio is consistent with the physiological principles.
To maximize their performance, we have to make sure that our athletes recover enough. To ensure optimal training adaptations and benefits, the next training stimulus must be imposed during the super-compensation phase.
Insufficient recovery can lead to a condition characterized by decreased performance and eventually overtraining.
The delicate balance between overload and underload is extremely important for practitioners to manage.
An effective athlete monitoring system can inform the practitioner about the training fatigue and adaptations occurring in athletes.
✍️ Credit by Marco Savino