Matt VanDyke - The Autoregulated In-Seanson Training Model


Matt Van Dyke talks about the management of training stress.


The stress continuum: we talked about this already {...}. Too much stress plus reduced recovery {...}, you’re going to start to see {the athlete} jump lower and lower or perform whatever task variable that they’re utilising performed at a lower level. That athlete is eventually going to break down; he’s receiving too much stress over a long period of time and that can even be an acute bout that’s just extreme, {...} and he isn’t taking care of himself {...}. The overuse injury / catastrophic injury likelihood is going to increase and that is going to make optimal performance not possible. So, if we are getting to a point on {game} day where athletes are not recovered from the week, if we had planned out their training loads, whether it be practice or in the weight room and they haven’t been taking care of their recovery modalities to the extent that is desired, or required, of {them}, then they’re not going to perform at their highest level and may not even be available if they had an overuse or a catastrophic injury.

Too little stress: on the opposite side of things. That athlete is going to become undertrained. So we need to find that happy medium {...}. If you look here on the left hand side, there’s insufficient stress {...}: you’re going to see undertraining and they’re going to not have that optimal performance be available by the time the season ends, and we’ll get into the residuals of the six physical performance qualities based on how long each is retained post training. {...} And then on the other side of the aspect we have excessive stress: so we have a poor training response and overtraining.

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