Training Load: What are the Things to Consider?

Aug 23, 2017

It’s no surprise at all to see sportspeople seeing physiotherapists every day. If you’re someone who wants to step into a higher level of an athlete, you’ll be training harder, increasing too rapidly and going beyond what your body can cope with. But as a result, you only find yourself hurting your own body.

Training Load

First up, training load is a cumulative amount of stress placed on an individual from a single workout or over a period of time.

Our bodies are built by complex, living tissue that constantly adapts to load. However, if you push way too far, your body won’t be able to adapt quickly enough.

Tissue load depends on your training — how much, how hard, and how often, and what type. In addition, you also need to consider the other activities you’re engaged in such as other sports, work, habits, and hobbies.

Loading tissues is actually healthy if you do it particularly through sport and exercise. You get strength gains, better fitness, and even tissue healing. It becomes problematic if you increase your tissue load too rapidly.

Tissue Load Capacity

Tissue capacity is how much load a tissue can tolerate. When a load exceeds the ability of the tissue to tolerate that load, that’s when injuries happen.

The ability to handle load depends on several factors including strength, movement control, flexibility, running gait, and other biomechanical factors.

Rehabilitating Injury

When it comes to rehabilitating an injury, it needs to be progressed. This allows the load capacity to meet your needs. Other interventions such as massage, manipulations, acupuncture, and injections may help but it’s unlikely that they will help in the long run.

Injury Risk and Performance

It’s not just about the mechanics and tissue load. There are other factors that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to injury risks such as sleep, diet and energy availability and high BMI.

Sleep affects injury risk and performance. Your likelihood of sustaining injury increases if you are sleep-deprived. Your healing may slow down from stress. Diet and energy availability can affect bone load capacity. High BMI is associated with an increased risk of injury among runners and has been associated with tendinopathy and plantar fasciitis.

It’s also important to keep in mind that pain isn’t just because of the changes in the tissues. Pain itself will influence tissue capacity and should be the first thing to address.


The takeaway here is that a host of factors affect our ability to manage load and to train. Most importantly, these factors are needed to take into account, especially after an injury.

The good thing is there is an effective way you can reduce injury risk. You can seek help from a physiotherapist when it comes to rehabilitation, as well as balancing the training load. A physiotherapist can construct a treatment plan to achieve a sensible training structure.

Lastly, keep in mind as well that body tissues are not the only ones that should be considered when it comes to pain and injury. Look into other factors such as stress, sleep, or general health concerns that might play a part.

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