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Acute to Chronic Workload Ratio Monitoring for Athlete Performance

by Reiley Bergin, MS, CSCS and Courteney Benjamin, MS, CSCS
NSCA Coach November 2015
Vol 3, Issue 4

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High chronic workloads have been shown to be associated with a reduced risk of non-contact, soft tissue injuries, while large spikes in acute training loads have been associated with an increased risk of these types of injury. Analyzing the acute:chronic workload ratio allows a coach to optimize training for the athlete and to continue in advancing fitness goals without overtraining.

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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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Reiley Bergin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Indiana University in 2014 and Master’s degree in Sports Sciences from Florida State Univer...

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