Monitoring training load and fatigue


Stuart Cormack

This presentation will examine the underlying scientific concepts related to monitoring training load and fatigue along with the implications for practical application. Specific topics will include monitoring internal and external load, assessing the acute and chronic fatigue response using various objective and subjective methods, and practical decision making based on contemporary data analysis techniques. Importantly, this presentation will highlight some of the important considerations for designing and implementing a load and fatigue monitoring programme. BIOG: Stuart is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University. Prior to commencing this role, he spent 14 years working in the Australian Football League including 8 years as the fitness coach at the West Coast Eagles highlighted by 2 Grand Final appearances and winning the 2006 AFL Premiership. In addition, Stuart spent 4 years as a strength and conditioning coach at the Australian Institute of Sport working with elite athletes in a variety of team and individual sports’ preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Stuart received his PhD from Edith Cowan University and is actively involved in applied sports science research including supervision of a number of post-graduate students. Stuart is also a Level 3 Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Life Member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. Stuart has published numerous papers in scientific journals and co-authored several book chapters and regularly presents at sports science and coaching conferences in addition to providing consultancy support to organisations. Stuart has an interest in all areas of athletic preparation with a particular focus on monitoring training load and fatigue in elite athletes and the impact of this on performance.