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Triphasic Training Recovery Manual
Triphasic Training Recovery Manual

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As peak performance for the elite athlete continues to take center stage across all athletic endeavors, the balance between training and recovery has been brought to the forefront. The importance of “recovery” has become an aspect highly valued in regards to performance. This recovery piece of performance can only be furthered when the functioning of the elite athlete’s organism and systems are understood to a higher level. Although this is a current topic of interest to many, it is commonly applied in a broad fashion merely with an attempt to cover our bases. If an off-season strength and conditioning program was approached with this mentality, having no thoughtful progression or reasoning for its structure, it is likely a coach would not see tremendous results in performance while also potentially increasing the likelihood of injury to their athletes. It should also be noted that any overemphasis of recovery tactics is likely hindering an athlete’s performance, rather than aiding it. As with most things in life, balance between stress/training and recovery will determine an athlete’s long-term, repeated success at an elite level.

Performance gains are only realized when recovery is applied (adaptation takes place within this timeframe). However, the timing of this recovery for adaptation is also imperative to future success (in-season vs. off-season, time of week, physiological system it is applied to). Common examples of potential poor timing are provided below:

  1. Over-utilization of recovery methods during off-season training. This may hinder adaptations realized, ultimately reducing the effectiveness of the program implemented.
  2. Completing recovery methods post-practice or game immediately before an off-day. This could inhibit the body’s ability to recover throughout the season.
  3. Implementing recovery methods to a high-extent immediately at the start of the season, which could lead to reduced ability to recover in the later portions of the season.

The most intriguing “newer” recovery methods throughout this manual involve that of the neurologic system. This system serves to provide constant feedback to the body to create spatial awareness and other basic “mapping” of the body. Although the availability of recovery techniques are vast, the majority of these recovery tactics can be placed into one of three categories. These three categories include the proprioceptive, the visual, and the vestibular systems. Obviously modalities that target the proprioceptive, or movement, system within the body are widely utilized as this includes movement strategies and other similar concepts. However, the visual and vestibular systems are much less understood, let alone addressed or “recovered”.

With recovery methods typically aimed at the proprioceptive system, the pyramid below on the left, demonstrates the most common approach taken by coaches in regards to athletic performance. This gives the proprioceptive system the foundational qualities and focuses on the brain (visual and vestibular) as the final piece of the performance puzzle. We feel this fits closely to the old school model that places volume/conditioning as the foundation to speed. Speed is a rare commodity that should be given the utmost importance in training. When speed is not available, it is irrelevant how “conditioned” an athlete is, they simply will not win the races and battles commonly required in athletic competition.

Rather than place emphasis on the proprioceptive system, we have come to the conclusion that this pyramid should be flipped, making the vestibular, visual, and other neurology components the more important aspects in performance. This manual represents the early stages of a paradigm shift in the approach to recovery methods, shifting the base of these modalities to the central brain and its critical aspects of performance and away from the peripheral, proprioceptive system. Similar to the recent adjustment by many coaches placing a greater emphasis on high quality training (speed) over volume (conditioning), when power is given to the brain and neurology is given priority, tremendous results can be rapidly realized.

Mammalian Dive Response Recovery Method
How to test binaural tones for individuals to get optimal results
EPO Release Method
Individual Vestibular Activation Reset (VAR)

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