Optimal sport performance involves balancing the accumulation of training stress with adequate recovery (Budgett, 2000; Hollander & Meyers, 1995). Continuous evaluation of an athlete's performance levels, stress levels, and recovery states during a competitive season is important in determining an athlete's readiness for competition. This study's purpose was to examine effects of training load on performance, perceived stress, and recovery among collegiate female athletes across a competitive season. Nineteen NCAA Division I female swimmers completed monthly testing including six tethered swim tests and seven Recovery-Stress Questionnaires (RESTQ-76), yielding mean force (Fmean) and Total Recovery-Stress Score (TRSS). This study's results indicate that, while there was no difference between groups for performance, perceived stress, and recovery, there were significant changes across a season that could have practical implications for coaches working with these athletes.
Zera, Jacquelyn; McMillan, James; Munkasy, Barry; Joyner, A.; and Rossi, Stephen, "Coaches Perspective: Changes in Swim Performance and Perceived Stress and Recovery in Female Collegiate Swimmers Across a Competitive Season" (2015). Exercise Science and Sports Studies. 3.