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Autonomic Nervous System Readiness, Part II

A few weeks ago we discussed how to measure autonomic system readiness. It’s important to understand what physical state the swimmer brings to the pool each day. Is their resting state one of relaxation, indicating parasympathetic dominance? Or is their body chronically stressed, meaning the autonomic nervous system is working extra hard to just maintain the body at rest? Tools such as heart rate variability and grip strength are evidence based methods to help us answer these questions. But once we have that information, what should do with it? In this post, we’ll discuss ways to make adjustments or “call an audible” when the swimmer’s autonomic nervous system readiness requires working off the planned script for the day (see also, Friday interview with Craig Weller).  

For the complete post, please visit HERE at Swimming Science.

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