The use of Heart Rate Variability to optimise acute and chronic training loads and recovery in recreational and elite cyclists
Heart rate variability analysis (HRV) has been established in clinical settings for several decades as an indication of acute and chronic physiological and mental stress.
Since 2009, HRV measurement technology has been available to smartphone owning athletes and their coaches using apps together with affordable ECG & pulse sensors. When measured regularly in athletes, HRV can be a useful early indicator of viral and bacterial illness, Non-Functional Overreaching (NFOR), and adaptations in response to a series of training loads.
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