In the third and final piece in our series on heart rate variability (HRV), Coach Carl Valle talks about using HRV devices like the ithlete to implement better training and recovery plans, as well as making sure that athletes are more consistently part of the process.
The collection of heart rate variability (HRV) information is just the first step in any assessment of HRV in training. In the second part of SimpliFaster’s series on HRV, Coach Valle explains how to analyze and interpret that data to optimize an athlete’s performance for many reasons, not the least of which is to win more.
While Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitoring isn’t new, it has evolved to a point that makes it useful for most sports training programs. In this article, Coach Valle explains the minimal requirements to get a valid data point for users of the ithlete system, as well as the best time to test for HRV and the way to get athletes onboard with the monitoring process.
Changes in an athlete’s heart rate variability in response to training can provide insight into the way the cardiac autonomic system is responding to exercise. A range of research studies have shown that high-intensity endurance training increases HRV, while lower HRV readings indicate the need for more rest. Diagnostic tools don’t need to be complicated: HRV can be measured with just a heart rate monitor and software or smartphone app.
Monitoring heart rate variability (HRV) can provide useful information about training. However, users must avoid using the black-and-white approach that high = good and low = bad. In addition, HRV scores in isolation can be misleading. Any changes in HRV need to be considered in the context of other changes in training, lifestyle, and performance.