RTP #5: Increase Frequency of Training

This week we are returning with more of our 6 Key Ways Weight Room Monitoring Can Help Return Athletes to Play. Number 5: Increase Frequency of Training. By continually monitoring readiness and fatigue, velocity based training allows athletes to remain healthy and fresh from session to session. Train them with increased specificity, keep them healthy, and you will be able to increase training frequency with an additional velocity metric assisting in dictating session intensity and volume.

5. INCREASE FREQUENCY OF TRAINING

When athletes return to campus, they may only have a few short weeks to get ready for competition. With velocity, a coach can closely monitor strength gains and fatigue. With this information, the coach can safely increase the frequency and monitor the volume of training and be confident that he or she isn’t putting athletes at risk of overtraining. Using velocity to monitor readiness and fatigue will enable coaches to prescribe the appropriate load and volume everytime.

I can work kids out on gameday. I can train them 4 or 5 days a week and I can guarantee it won’t negatively impact their performance with data...They need more development which means they need more frequency and training time. Coaches out of fear of losing performance just don’t give them the reps or the training load they need out of fear of hurting performance.

Spencer Arnold, Director of Strength & Conditioning, Hebron Christian Academy

Studies have shown that Velocity Based Training can yield similar and better sports-performance results than traditional percentage based training and do so with lower volume and load performed (Dorrell, Smith, & Gee, 2019). This is great news from an overall workload perspective. Moreover, by preventing overtraining and reducing injury risk by adhering to an athletes’ abilities, training frequency and session intensity can still remain high by providing just the right amount of stimulus every time. Taking the guesswork out of prescribing volume and intensity enables athletes to perform better both in the weight room and on the field, where it counts the most.

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