The Firstbeat Sports Training Status feature describes the balance of training for an individual athlete. Each athlete’s physiological profile is different. Recovery needs and responses to training are individual so using Training Status can help optimize training and avoid injuries.
Training Status is an easy-to-use metric that gives you immediate information from data that would otherwise take a lot of time and resources to analyze.
The Training Status score (0-100 scale) is calculated by factoring in Acute Training Load and changes in load (Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio) compared to body responses (Recovery). Data is weighted for reliability and availability when calculating the overall Training Status score. The Training Status scale is as follows:
- Well balanced: Over 70
- Moderately balanced: 30-70
- Out of balance: Below 30
WHAT TRAINING STATUS SCORE SHOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR?
A ‘good’ Training Status score is achieved under the following conditions:
FACTORS BEHIND TRAINING STATUS SCORE
1. ACUTE TRAINING LOAD
Acute Training Load is calculated from the TRIMP sum during the last 7 days which is then compared to the personalized Training Load scale. Adequate training load facilitates development of fitness and performance and helps to avoid injuries.
2. ACUTE:CHRONIC WORKLOAD RATIO (ACWR)
Chronic Training Load is calculated based on typical training load over the last 28 days. It is then compared to Acute Training Load. To avoid injuries, it is important to avoid very quick changes in training load. The ‘sweet spot’ of training is when the ratio is around 1.0. When less than 1.0, the player is training less than they typical do. When over 1.0, the athlete is training more than they have typically during the last month.
Recovery is calculated based on the average of the three most recent Quick Recovery Test (QRT) measurements. For recovery to be applied to Training Status, at least three QRT’s must have taken place within the last 14 days. More recent QRT’s are weighted to have more importance. When recovery is ‘good’, the body is responding well to training and the risk for overuse injuries is at its lowest.