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Vagal Tone and the Parasympathetic Nervous System

The autonomic nervous system is vital to athletes. It consists of two main branches known as the sympathetic and parasympathetic. Athletes training hard spend large amounts of time in a sympathetic state. The sympathetic nervous system is considered the fight or flight. When the body is under stress this branch of the nervous system is dominant. The SNS becomes over …

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What the Soviets Can Teach Us – Recovery

Here are a few studies out of the old Soviet Sports Review on the recovery process in weightlifters.  I have broken it down to expedite the message but the results speak for themselves.  The back issues of the SSR are filled with gold.  You just have to do the digging. Recovery Soviet Sport Review September 1980 by Talyshev What they did Highly …

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Individualized Training for Recovery

I think that one of the most important areas of sports training that is being overlooked is how the athlete body feels.  The athlete’s body is always right.  You as a coach may think you know what’s going in inside, but in reality it’s always your best guesstimate.  Knowing how your athlete’s body is responding to the training, practices, school …