Athlete monitoring for barbell strength sports: a review with practical recommendations for implementation

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Dylan Suarez with Nicholas Harden, Alec Perkins, Joseph D’Amato, Ibrahim Almugathawi, and Michael Stone

Despite being studied by sport scientists and researchers for decades, barbell strength sports such as weightlifting (WL) and powerlifting (PL) have been slow to adopt modern athlete monitoring practices. Obstacles such as a lack of resources, experience, and knowledge dealing with athlete monitoring stand in the way of their implementation into these sports. Therefore, the purposes of this review are: 1) to synthesise the scientific literature most relevant to the monitoring of strength athletes, and 2) to provide practical recommendations to the strength sport coach for implementing an athlete monitoring programme.

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