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About this lesson

Now that we understand why load history is important to track, let’s explore how we can use load history to describe where they are in their training. One of the most common ways of managing load is by tracking the acute and chronic load. The acute load is how much load the athlete has been exposed to in the short term and chronic load is the base of training that the athlete has built over time. By comparing these two, we can get a good idea of whether the short term load we prescribe is appropriate. Thor explains more in this lesson.

What You'll Learn

In this video lesson you will learn:

  • The difference between acute and chronic load
  • How acute:chronic load relates to athletic injuries
  • How to use acute and chronic load to minimize the risk of injury and improve tissue strength


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