Athlete wellbeing

Emma Claire Neupert, Sarah Gilchrist

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This chapter defines athlete ‘wellbeing’, ascertains why daily monitoring of an athlete’s wellbeing is important and provides information on what daily wellbeing markers can be monitored. A holistic approach to athlete wellbeing monitoring is recommended and should include physical, psychological, performance and medical markers. A broad variety of metrics which purport to measure athlete wellbeing have been discussed in the literature. Sleep is the physiological and psychological balance point for all, in that there is no system in the human body that is not significantly impaired by a lack of, or enhanced by, good sleep. Hydration can be monitored through urine colour charts or refractometry. Basic weighing pre- and post-training session with a comparison against fluid ingested will help provide a guide to hydration status. A good gauge of an athlete’s response to the training programme is through their body mass.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSport and Exercise Physiology Testing Guidelines: Volume 1 - Sport Testing
EditorsRichard Davison, Paul Smith, James Hopker, Michael Price, Florentina Hettinga, Gary Tew, Lindsay Bottoms
Place of PublicationLondon & New York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781003045281
ISBN (Print)9780367492465, 9780367491338
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2022


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