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ERIC Number: ED532181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May-29
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
A Standardized System of Training Intensity Guidelines for the Sports of Track and Field and Cross Country
Belcher, Christopher P.; Pemberton, Cynthia Lee A.
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Accurate quantification of training intensity is an essential component of a training program (Rowbottom, 2000). A training program designed to optimize athlete performance abilities cannot be practically planned or implemented without a valid and reliable indication of training intensity and its effect on the physiological mechanisms of the human body (Olbrecht, 2001; Rowbottom, 2000). Additionally, for sport coaches to make evidence-based changes in the training process, or assess an athlete's physiologic response to a training prescription, valid and reliable measures of training intensity must be used (Olbrecht, 2001; Rowbottom, 2000). This study developed and field tested a standardized system of training intensity guidelines for the sports of track and field/cross-country, modeled after the standardized system of training intensity guidelines developed, adopted, and in use by U.S.A. Swimming; and explored track and field and cross-country coaches' receptivity to, and perceived utility of, the guidelines developed. This paper: (a) reviews the training intensity guidelines developed, inclusive of the associated physiologic metrics validated in the study; (b) describes a seasonal application of the guidelines; and (c) concludes with supporting commentary from the teacher/coaches interviewed in the study; all of whom uniformly confirmed the utility and applicability of the guidelines. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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