Monitoring recovery and training response from different type of endurance loading protocols - implications for individual training prescription

Main funder

Funder's project number: 20200099

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 5 000,00

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Project timetable

Project start date: 01/01/2020

Project end date: 28/02/2021


It is well known that successful training requires both, sufficient training and sufficient recovery. Responses after similar type of training may vary quite a lot between individuals. That is why recovery monitoring with different type of measures could be helpful tool in training programming of recreational and elite athletes. The aim of this study is to deepen knowledge about recovery and training response after different type of endurance training exercises and endurance training periods. Another aim is to study how different recovery measures may be combined and used in individual endurance training prescription.

Research problems are:
1. How intensity of the endurance training exercise affects recovery?
2. How measures of training response and recovery are related to the training load and subjective estimate of stress outside of training?
3. Which factors explain recovery and training response from high intensity or high volume endurance training?
4. Is it possible to combine different type of recovery measures and use this information in individual endurance training prescription?

Subjects that will be recruited should be 20-45 healthy endurance trained men and women. Subjects will be recruited so that each group has at least 20 subjects. Doctoral thesis consists of four separate studies. In the first one the aim is to measure acute responses and post 24 hour recovery after different type of endurance exercises. In the second study the aim is to study associations between training load, subjective stress and recovery measures during 20-week study period. In the third study the aim is to investigate differences in recovery and performance after high intensity and high volume three-week training period. In the last fourth study the aim is to investigate if recovery measures could be combined and used in individual endurance training prescription during 16-week training period. Recovery measures in these studies include performance parameters (countermovement jump, submaximal running test), subjective recovery surveys, heart rate and heart rate variability measurements and serum hormones such as testosterone and cortisol. Endurance performance is measured in 3000 m running test and incremental treadmill test.

In addition to PhD student research group includes professor Heikki Kyröläinen, PhD Ari Nummela and professor Keijo Häkkinen. Material for two first studies will be collected by the end of the year 2019. To write articles from the material collected and to collect material for the remaining two studies grants will be applied from the foundations.

Research will produce valuable information about recovery and training response after different type of endurance training and individual factors affecting behind these.

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