27 Nov '13, 8pm

Study: athletes push harder than coaches expect on easy days, less hard on hard days. Bad news for polarized training

It's from a study of Dutch soccer players, just published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance ; researchers at the University of Groningen followed them for an entire season, recording (among other things) how hard the coaches intended each training session to be (white bars), and how hard the players perceived each session to be (black bars). The key finding is that the players perceived easy sessions to be significantly harder than intended, and hard sessions to be significantly easier than intended. This mirrors the findings from a 2001 study of runners by Carl Foster and his colleagues.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/regression-to-m...

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