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Excerpts — Monitoring Training and Performance in Athletes

Review monitoring results to modify training plans

Figure 8.3 shows a report provided to an athlete and other practitioners. Although electronic and paper formats are popular, practitioners should not be afraid to try alternative approaches to get their messages across.

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Learn the steps to create an effective in-house research project

Many practitioners cannot afford to wait for published research to confirm the efficacy of a particular monitoring approach. Being able to design and undertake an in-house research project can be a useful skill.

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Understand the General Adaptation Syndrome Model

The seminal work of Canadian physiologist Hans Selye, the general adaptation syndrome (GAS) model, forms the basis of many discussions regarding the monitoring of physiological stress. As outlined in chapter 1, the aim of training is to provide a stimulus that improves performance.

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