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J Sports Sci. 2009 Nov;27(13):1409-20. doi: 10.1080/02640410802702186.

Fatigue management in the preparation of Olympic athletes.

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School of Psychology and Sport Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK.


Fatigue is often a consequence of physical training and the effective management of fatigue by the coach and athlete is essential in optimizing adaptation and performance. In this paper, we explore a range of practical and contemporary methods of fatigue management for Olympic athletes. We assesses the scientific merit of methods for monitoring fatigue, including self-assessment of training load, self-scored questionnaires, and the usefulness of saliva and blood diagnostic markers for indicating fatigued and under-recovered athletes, effective nutrition and hydration strategies for optimizing recovery and short-term recovery methods. We conclude that well-accepted methods such as sufficient nutrition, hydration, and rest appear to be the most effective strategies for optimizing recovery in Olympic athletes.

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