Load, capacity and health: critical pieces of the holistic performance puzzle

This one just popped up in BJSM as an Online First manuscript. Our own Evert Verhagen collaborated with Tim Gabbett to capture and illustrate the essence of what we pursue in performance enhancement and athlete health protection.

Relationships between load, load capacity, performance and health are topics of contemporary interest. At what intensity should an athlete train to achieve the best physiological response? How much (or little) can an athlete train without detri- mentally affecting health? Most studies addressing such questions have used a reductionist approach wherein factors were studied in isolation, thereby ignoring the complex inter-relationships and balance between factors. This editorial discusses the association between load and load capacity, and their relationship with athlete performance and health. It illustrates the practical use of a model for the management of athlete performance and health, and provide directions for future practice and research.

 An integrated view on load, load capacity, performance and health in sports. Dotted lines represent negative relationships and solid lines represent positive relationships.

An integrated view on load, load capacity, performance and health in sports. Dotted lines represent negative relationships and solid lines represent positive relationships.

The full paper can be accessed here

Verhagen E, Gabbett T. Load, capacity and health: critical pieces of the holistic performance puzzle. Br J Sports Med 2018