Minimum Effective Dose – Buyer Beware

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I have been reading about and hearing more about determining the minimum effective dose in training. What concerns me is that the emphasis seems to be on minimum. Is this another step toward developing the adapted fragile athlete? Every good coach that I have known is always seeking the optimum training dose, not too little, not too much. It comes back to having a system and knowing your athletes. It is important to point out again that it is the accumulation of training doses or stimuli that ultimately determine adaptation. Each session must be in context of the whole training plan. In short, seek the optimum and don’t be afraid to push your athlete. You will never know the limits unless you push the limits.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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