Monitoring the athlete training response: subjective self-reported measures trump commonly used objective measures (Saw AE et al, 2015)
Research Summary: Saw AE, et al. Br J Sports Med 2015;0:1–13. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094758
Monitoring athletes' response to training is crucial for improving performance and avoiding injury.
Elite level sport utilises an increasing number of ways to measure athlete well-being. Batteries of tests are packaged into commercial products attracting premium fees. This is justifiable if you are Sydney Swans or Liverpool FC, but where does that leave the rest of us? Are we missing out if we're not testing cortisol levels to know if we are over-training?
A recent paper carried out a systematic review where objective measure, such as:
The researchers concluded that the: