Open lectures on Training load management

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On the occasion of INSEP’s launch of a European training course for experts entitled Elite strength and conditioning course, INSEP will organise two conferences in English.

Conference no. 1: January 21st, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Iñigo MUJIKA, International expert in the field of sport and performance, will be speaking on: « Tapering and peaking for optimal performance in individual and team sports« 

The training programs of high-level athletes usually include a training phase characterized by a reduction of the training load during the final days leading to a major competition, known as a taper. The aim of the taper is to diminish residual fatigue induced by intensive training, maximize physiological adaptations and consequently performance. Athletes, coaches and sport scientists can rely on available scientific evidence to optimize their tapering strategy. Mathematical models of the effects of training on performance have significantly contributed to the understanding and optimization of pre-competition recovery programs. Computer simulations have also contributed to establish the optimal taper characteristics of elite athletes. Tapering-induced performance gains are usually in the range of 0.5-6.0% for competition performance measures. Environmental factors like travel across time zones, heat and altitude may interfere with an athlete’s preparation for international level competition, but the interactions between the taper and these environmental stressors have not been studied. With regards to tapering and peaking for team sports, two competitive situations can be considered: pre-season training to face a league format competitive season in the best possible condition; and peaking for a major international tournament such as the Olympic Games or World Championships.

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Conference no. 2: January, 23rd, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Stephen SEILER, International expert in the field of polarized training, will be speaking on: « Power/Pace, perception and physiology: integrating the “Holy Trinity” of training and performance monitoring »

Power or pace, perception of effort, and physiological markers of intensity such as heart rate and blood lactate represent a triangulation of external and internal load that coaches and athletes can use to monitor training and evaluate performance execution/pacing.  Each of these 3 forms of intensity/load monitoring has strengths and weaknesses.  It is therefore important that coaches and athletes understand and integrate all three in the training process and in performance evaluation.  The relationship and stability of these three intensity monitoring variables change over time with adaptation, but they also change acutely during a training session or competition.  In this lecture we will carefully examine these relationships during different types of training session, during competitions, and during a season. Understanding these interactions is critical to appropriately prescribing and adjusting training load from day to day and over time.

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