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A Practical Guide to Workload Management and Injury Prevention in College and High School Sports

by Francois Gazzano and Tim Gabbet
NSCA Coach August 2016
Vol 4, Issue 4

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Managing workload and optimizing athlete performance while promoting injury-free participation is simplified using the eight tips in this article.

Sports injuries are a widespread problem at college and high school. In the United States alone, 1.5 million high school and college athletes are injured every year (12,18). The cause of injuries is often multifactorial; however, recent research has identified that poor workload management may be a major contributor to injuries and illnesses in sport (5,7,20,25). This article will present evidence-based workload management recommendations to reduce the risk of illness and injury in athletes, while also optimizing performance

This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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Francois Gazzano is a performance coach and athlete monitoring specialist who graduated from the Université de Montreal with a degree in Exercise Scie...

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