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Silent contributors to injury - illness - performance, 18-19 March 2016 : Session 1 - Planning periodisation : Practice aspects on planning training for performance / Philo Saunders.
Available for Clearinghouse for Sport member groups B, C, D & E only. Presenter : Dr Philo Saunders completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at RMIT University, First Class Honours in Physiology at the University of Melbourne and earned his PhD in Exercise Physiology at RMIT University based at the Australian Institute of Sport. He is a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport working with Athletics, Swimming and Modern Pentathlon. His areas of expertise include altitude training, heat training, physiology of endurance sports, distance running training, running mechanics and strength training for runners.He has performed extensive research on the physiological aspects associated with endurance sports performance, published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals, 5 book chapters, and presented as an invited speaker at 4 international conferences. Philo has also been a top ranked middle distance runner in Australia over the past decade and coaches a group of elite middle distance/distance runners in Canberra at an international level and has been the Australian team middle distance coach at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships (Beijing), 2015 IPC World Athletics Championships (Doha), 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow) and 2013 IPC World Athletics Championships (Lyon). This Symposium was jointly presented by Sports Medicine Australia ACT and the Australian Institute of Sport. Sub themes for the conference include: Planning Periodisation – Training errors, planning for performance, monitoring injury/illness/performance, planning for the gaps and travel ; Pathology Specific – Muscle, tendon, pain, mental health, gender ; Medical – Iron, Viral, respiratory, infectious diseases, vitamins, probiotic, immunology, genetic development ; Physical – sleep, body composition, energy availability, making weight, gender. Abstract : Many factors go into successful training planning for elite athletes. Training background, physiological capacities, injury history all need to be taken into account when designing an athlete’s training program. Knowledge of the event specific training structures that will work for a given athlete is essential to provide the training stimulus to improve, as will the athletes ability to cope with the training stimulus. Once a general training structure is designed there must be scope to modify various aspects to allow athletes to improve but also not get injured, sick or overtrained which can lead to inconsistent training and ultimately result in sub optimal performance. Other training stresses such as heavy competition periods, altitude training, heat training and returning to training after time off all have to be taken into account when monitoring training load and what load to prescribe to the athlete. This presentation will outline a general training structure for middle distance runners and describe three case studies which give some detail on factors that go into a successful performance oriented training program for middle distance runners. Case study 1 details the progression of a 1500m runner transitioning from junior to senior level, describing how consistent training progression leads to improved performance. Case study 2 details factors that go into an altitude training camp to try and maximise the stimulus of altitude. This case study initially looks at three successive altitude training camps completed by a World Class 1500m runner and how each camp can vary depending on fitness, injury and training load. Also a summary is given of an entire group training at altitude during the third camp of this case study. Case study 3 details another 1500m runner who built back from an injury related lay off up until a personal best time and World Championships Qualifier was obtained. However, soon after this performance another injury was obtained and the preparation for the World Championships after this injury are explained using careful load monitoring. Conference program session 1 - planning periodisation : Welcome address / Dr Nick Brown, Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Sport and Anthony Merrilees, CEO, Sports Medicine Australia -- Monitoring of Training - use of subjective and objective measures and relationship to injury/performance / Associate Professor Paul Gastin, Deakin University -- Monitoring to prevent under performance / Professor Michael Kellman, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany -- Practice aspects on planning training for performance / Dr Philo Saunders, Australian Institute of Sport -- A practical guide to implementing load management as a injury and illness prevention tool: Lessons learned from 27 sports / Mr Mick Drew, Australian Institute of Sport -- Question and answers session - Planning periodisation panel.