Load management for lifetime athletes is a critical consideration. Staying healthy, feeling great, and performing optimally are the result of proper load management. The failure to manage load, or load mismanagement, results in breakdown, burnout, and injury. Loads are stressors, and globally they include things like weather, job and relationship issues, poor sleep, suboptimal nutrition, etc. In training, we consider workload to be the intensity and duration of a training session, the frequency at which workouts occur, and the total volume over a given cycle or time period. I like to apply a stress/strain model to workload and adaptation. You have to train hard enough and long enough to make your gains and goals, but you also have to adjust workload so that your recovery is not impaired. It’s an art form but it’s not overly complicated. Regardless of your sport or level, load management is one of the major keys to your success. And it’s easier when you have a good coach.
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