Monitoring
Athlete Training Loads: Consensus Statement
Bourdon PC, Cardinale M, Murray A,
Gastin P, Kellmann M, Varley MC, Gabbett TJ, Coutts AJ, Burgess DJ, Gregson W,
Cable NT. Int J Sports Physiol Perform. 2017 Apr;12(Suppl 2):S2161-S2170. doi:
10.1123/IJSPP.2017-0208.
A new consensus statement from a 2016
conference entitled “Monitoring Athlete Training Loads – The Hows and the Whys”
has been released to summarize the key findings and recommendations from the
conference. The document is intended for coaches, sport-science and -medicine
staff, and other professionals who are interested in monitoring athlete training
loads. The major sections of the statement include defining training load, how
is training load measured, why is athlete-load monitoring important, what are
the challenges to load monitoring, and what is the future of athlete-load
monitoring.