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Test For Over-Training

Test For Over Training

Athletes are often under a lot of pressure to perform well on a regular basis. This pressure can result in the athlete overtaining and/or becoming stressed. The Orthostatic Heart Rate Test is used to monitor the athlete.

Requirements for the Orthostatic Heart Rate Test
To perform the Orthostatic Heart Rate Test you require:

  • a watch
  • knowledge of how to take you pulse rate

    Performing the Orthostatic Heart Rate Test

  • lay down and rest for at least 15 minutes
  • record your pulse rate (beats/min) - R1
  • stand up
  • 15 seconds later record you pulse rate (beats/min) - R2
  • record the difference between R1 and R2

    If the difference is greater than 15-20 beats then it is probable that the athlete has not recovered from the previous days training or is under stress.
    The athlete should consider adjusting the training programme to allow him/her to fully recover.

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