Assessment of fatigue and recovery in sport: narrative review

Thomas Bestwick-Stevenson, Rebecca Toone, Emma Neupert, Kimberley L. Edwards, Stefan Kluzek

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Fatigue is a phenomenon associated with decreases in both physical and cognitive performances and increases in injury occurrence. Competitive athletes are required to complete demanding training programmes with high workloads to elicit the physiological and musculoskeletal adaptations plus skill acquisition necessary for performance. High workloads, especially sudden rapid increases in training loads, are associated with the occurrence of fatigue. At present, there is limited evidence elucidating the underlying mechanisms associating the fatigue generated by higher workloads and with an increase in injury risk. The multidimensional nature and manifestation of fatigue have led to differing definitions and dichotomies of the term. Consequently, a plethora of physiological, biochemical, psychological and performance markers have been proposed to measure fatigue and recovery. Those include self-reported scales, countermovement jump performance, heart rate variability, and saliva and serum biomarker analyses. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the fatigue and recovery plus methods of assessments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1151-1162
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number14
Early online date25 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2022


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