Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Primary Health Care
Appropriate periodization of training is of paramount importance for optimal performance in sport. Many tools have been developed aiming to help the technical staff to better monitor training load and fatigue in professional football. In this context, the aim of the present talk is to present 2 validated and easy-to-use tools. (1) The session-RPE method for quantifying training has become popular tool for monitoring training periodization in various sports, and many football teams have adopted this approach. This method allows coaches to monitor individual playerÃ¢Â?Â?s perception of training loads (TLs) and follow its periodization. Additional psychometric tools can also be used to assess how players are responding to training. (2) The Hooper Index allows assessing the status of the player with respect to his/her perceived sleeping quality, and the quantity of stress, muscle soreness and general fatigue. The effectiveness of the training programs depends on the successful manipulation of the total training load. Appropriate and balanced manipulation of training load and subsequent recovery allows for the optimal balance between the effects of training induced catabolism and the re-establishment of energy stores and protein catabolism in the regeneration process. It is suggested that there is a supercompensation in performance as the athlete adapts to the stress imposed by the training bout. The presentation will provide the scientific validation evidence of these tools in addition to practical examples of their daily use with professional football players.