A post for those beginning #preseason
‘High training workloads alone do not cause sports injuries: how you get there is the real issue’.
1️⃣ The Goldilocks Principle 👱♀️🐻. Ensure that the training loads are ⬆️ enough to improve physical fitness but not so high to place the athlete at risk of developing an injury.
2️⃣ Previously described as the ‘training-stress balance’; the acute:chronic workload ratio is where you consider the training load of the athlete in the past week (acute workload) compared to the their 4- week average (chronic workload)⛹️♀️🏄♂️
3️⃣ Take home message: Progressive and systematic ⬆️ in workloads minimises the risk of developing overuse injuries. 🔹🔸See point 5🔸🔹
4️⃣ Previous injury is a significant predictor to re-injury. In part this is due to a reduction in fitness (chronic workload) as a result of the injury recovery period. Consider the acute:chronic ratio throughout an athlete’s return to play.
5️⃣ A consistent, appropriately graduated increase to training to reach a high workload has a protective effect from injuries. ‘Cutting corners’ by ‘spiking’ training loads to reach high chronic loads can result in an elevated injury risk. Weekly (acute) loads at increased greater than 10% are associated with a greater injury risk… though this isn’t appropriate for all athletes.
6️⃣ This final point is a culmination of all the above points. By ensuring that high chronic workloads are reached in a systematic and progressive manner, athletes are better prepared for the demands of competition.
See also @sportschiroluke
’s infographic of @gabbetttim
’s 2018 article: ’Debunking the myths about training load, injury and performance: empirical evidence, hot topics and recommendations for practitioners’ . ☑️✅ Gabbett, T. J., Hulin, B. T., Blanch, P., & Whiteley, R. (2016). High training workloads alone do not cause sports injuries: how you get there is the real issue. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 50(8), 444. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-095567
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