How to monitor training load and mode using sRPE

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Anthony Turner with Chris Bishop, Geoff Marshall and Paul Read

Strength and conditioning involves the application of optimal bouts of physical training and therefore needs to balance stimulus with recovery. This is important, as training must be challenging enough to overload the athlete and thus stimulate adaptation, yet provide opportunity for recovery, as this is where supercompensation occurs. Miscalculations in training load can result in injury, illness, overtraining, or simply reductions in both competition and training performance. Critical to providing optimal training is the capacity to monitor training load, including being reactive and proactive to its data. Although many sophisticated systems have been – and are continually being – introduced as means by which this can be monitored, these are often inaccessible to coaches without access to large budgets. This paper will look at a method whereby coaches can use ‘session ratings of perceived exertions’ (sRPE) to provide a cost-effective method of monitoring this load.

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