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Better way to determine the acute:chronic workload ratio?
  1. Sean Williams1,
  2. Stephen West1,
  3. Matthew J Cross2,
  4. Keith A Stokes1
  1. 1Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK
  2. 2Rugby Football Union, Twickenham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sean Williams, Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK; S.Williams{at}bath.ac.uk

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We read with great interest the recent letter, “Time to bin the term ‘overuse’ injury: is ‘training load error’ a more accurate term?”1 and in particular its associated PostScript correspondence, “Are rolling averages a good way to assess training load for injury prevention?”2 We are currently investigating the association between training loads and injury risk,3 and so we have also been considering the best way to model this relationship. We share Dr Menaspà's concerns regarding the use of rolling averages for the calculation of ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’ loads. Namely, that they fail to account for the decaying nature of fitness and …

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