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Integrated Framework of Load Monitoring by a Combination of Smartphone Applications, Wearables and Point-of-Care Testing Provides Feedback that Allows Individual Responsive Adjustments to Activities of Daily Living

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Integrative and Experimental Exercise Science & Training, Institute for Sport Sciences, University of Würzburg, 97082 Würzburg, Germany
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Institute of Cardiology and Sports Medicine, German Sport University, 50933 Cologne, Germany
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The German Research Centre of Elite Sport, German Sport University, 50933 Cologne, Germany
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School of Sport Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 9019 Tromso, Norway
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Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre, Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, SE-831 25 Östersund, Sweden
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Sensors 2018, 18(5), 1632; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18051632
Received: 20 March 2018 / Revised: 27 April 2018 / Accepted: 4 May 2018 / Published: 19 May 2018
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Abstract

Athletes schedule their training and recovery in periods, often utilizing a pre-defined strategy. To avoid underperformance and/or compromised health, the external load during training should take into account the individual’s physiological and perceptual responses. No single variable provides an adequate basis for planning, but continuous monitoring of a combination of several indicators of internal and external load during training, recovery and off-training as well may allow individual responsive adjustments of a training program in an effective manner. From a practical perspective, including that of coaches, monitoring of potential changes in health and performance should ideally be valid, reliable and sensitive, as well as time-efficient, easily applicable, non-fatiguing and as non-invasive as possible. Accordingly, smartphone applications, wearable sensors and point-of-care testing appear to offer a suitable monitoring framework allowing responsive adjustments to exercise prescription. Here, we outline 24-h monitoring of selected parameters by these technologies that (i) allows responsive adjustments of exercise programs, (ii) enhances performance and/or (iii) reduces the risk for overuse, injury and/or illness. View Full-Text
Keywords: biofeedback; eHealth; individualized training; injury prevention; IoT; load management; periodization biofeedback; eHealth; individualized training; injury prevention; IoT; load management; periodization
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Düking, P.; Achtzehn, S.; Holmberg, H.-C.; Sperlich, B. Integrated Framework of Load Monitoring by a Combination of Smartphone Applications, Wearables and Point-of-Care Testing Provides Feedback that Allows Individual Responsive Adjustments to Activities of Daily Living. Sensors 2018, 18, 1632.

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