Fatigue management in the preparation of Olympic athletes

Robson-Ansley, Paula, Gleeson, M. and Ansley, Les (2009) Fatigue management in the preparation of Olympic athletes. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27 (13). pp. 1409-1420. ISSN 0264-0414

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Fatigue is often a consequence of physical training and the effective management of fatigue by the coach and athlete is essential in optimizing adaptation and performance. In this paper, we explore a range of practical and contemporary methods of fatigue management for Olympic athletes. We assesses the scientific merit of methods for monitoring fatigue, including self-assessment of training load, self-scored questionnaires, and the usefulness of saliva and blood diagnostic markers for indicating fatigued and under-recovered athletes, effective nutrition and hydration strategies for optimizing recovery and short-term recovery methods. We conclude that well-accepted methods such as sufficient nutrition, hydration, and rest appear to be the most effective strategies for optimizing recovery in Olympic athletes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: training load, questionnaires, nutrition, hydration, short-term recovery
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010 14:56
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 08:38
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31

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