In this episode we welcomed Dr Franco Impellizzeri, Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at Medicine at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is an incredibly accomplished researcher with hundreds of publications in the field of sports science and injury mechanisms. He has been one of the most outspoken critics of the acute:chronic workload ratio (ACWR) and the concept of ‘training load error’ and he spoke passionately about what the flaws with it are, why he feels it should be discontinued, and what a better way to monitor load may be
In this episode we were delighted to welcome Dr Tim Gabbett who consults across numerous elite sporting domains worldwide and talk about load management. He talks about what load actually is, how people respond to it and how it can be progressed safely. A great analogy of ‘beer tolerance’ is discussed, along with what the acute to chronic workload ratio is and how it can be calculated. The biggest application of this for clinicians is clearly how it should influence their history taking of injured atheltes/patients (asking about previous weeks load along with psyhosocial factors that may influence load capacity), and how they can advise their patients monitor their own load in a free and easy way (by multiplying their weekly intensity by volume and frequency). We also touched on the limitations of the “10% rule”
About Tim Gabbett:
Dr Tim Gabbett, PhD has over 20 years experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of different sports. Tim holds a PhD in Human Physiology from 2000 and has completed a second PhD in the Applied Science of Professional Football in 2011, with a special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition. Tim has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences. He is committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ to benefit high performance coaches and athletes. He has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles. He continues to work as a sport science and coaching consultant for several high performance teams around the world.
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