A comparison of methods for quantifying training load: relationships between modelled and actual training responses

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European Journal Of Applied Physiology, 2014, 114 pp. 11 - 20
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Purpose To assess the validity of methods for quantifying training load, fitness and fatigue in endurance athletes using a mathematical model. Methods Seven trained runners ( V? O2max: 51.7 ± 4.5 mL kg-1 min-1, age: 38.6 ± 9.4 years, mean ± SD) completed 15 weeks of endurance running training. Training sessions were assessed using a heart rate (HR), running pace and rating of perceived exertion (RPE). Training dose was calculated using the session-RPE method, Banisters TRIMP and the running training stress score (rTSS). Weekly running performance (1,500-m time trial), fitness (submaximal HR, resting HR) and fatigue [profile of mood states, heart rate variability (HRV)] were measured. A mathematical model was applied to the training data from each runner to provide individual estimates of performance, fitness and fatigue. Correlations assessed the relationships between the modelled and actual weekly performance, fitness and fatigue measures within each runner.
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