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The design and implementation of a novel method for quantifying training loads in elite rowing: the T2minute method

Tran, J., Rice, A., Main, L. and Gastin, P. 2012, The design and implementation of a novel method for quantifying training loads in elite rowing: the T2minute method, in ACSMS 2012 : Abstracts of the Australian Conference of  Science And Medicine In Sport 2012, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. S226-S227, doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.550.

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Title The design and implementation of a novel method for quantifying training loads in elite rowing: the T2minute method
Author(s) Tran, J.
Rice, A.
Main, L.ORCID iD for Main, L.
Gastin, P.ORCID iD for Gastin, P.
Conference name Australian Conference of  Science And Medicine In Sport (2012 : Sydney, NSW)
Conference location Sydney, NSW
Conference dates 31 Oct.-3 Nov. 2012
Title of proceedings ACSMS 2012 : Abstracts of the Australian Conference of  Science And Medicine In Sport 2012
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport
Start page S226
End page S227
Total pages 2
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Summary Introduction: A systematic approach to managing the training of elite athletes is supported by accurate training load measurement. However, quantifying the training of elite Australian rowers is complex due to unique challenges: 1) the multi-centre, multi-state structure of the national program; 2) the variety of training undertaken, incorporating rowing-specific and non-specific modalities, with continuous and interval efforts that span the full intensity spectrum; and 3) the limitations of existing quantification methods for capturing total training loads undertaken from varied training. These challenges highlighted a need to create a consistent, location-independent framework for prescribing training in elite rowing, with a capacity to account for varied training. Methods: An in-house proprietary measure (the T2minute method) was developed at the National Rowing Centre of Excellence (NRCE), as a collaborative project between sport scientists and national squad coaches. The design phase was informed by assessments of the existing training measures, and built upon standardised intensity zones established at the Australian Institute of Sport. A common measurement unit was chosen: one T2minute equates to one minute of on-water single scull rowing at T2 intensity (∼60–72% VO2max). Each intensity zone was assigned a weighting factor according to the curvilinear relationship between power output, intensity, and blood lactate response. Each training mode was assigned a weighting factor based on whether coaches perceived it to be “harder” or “easier” than onwater rowing. With coaches’ feedback, the method was refined over a period of five months. The T2minute method was implemented as the core framework for prescribing training for elite Australian rowers throughout the 2009–2012 Olympic cycle. Results: The implementation of the T2minute method successfully established consistency with training prescription and monitoring practices within the NRCE high performance program. The national roll out this method has influenced rowing training methodology at elite and sub-elite levels in Australia. Since implementation, the method has undergone scientific validation. Further research is underway, utilising the method to explore complex relationships between rowers’ training and performance outcomes. Conclusion: The T2minute method is a novel approach that allows rowing coaches and sport scientists to utilise one consistent system to quantify load from varied training. Its implementation represents a considerable achievement in establishing a common framework for managing the training process within a complex organisational structure. This collaborative approach used to develop the T2minute method provides unique insight into the important considerations and practical challenges of applying training science to enhance elite sport performance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2012.11.550
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category E3.1 Extract of paper
Copyright notice ©2012, Elsevier
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