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A common misconception about performance in aging players is their perceived expiration date. Through no fault of their own, they feel the ramifications from years of chaotic training programs. In the sports performance world, we are discovering how planning for a variety of inputs can improve the recovery process.

In this case, total training load is the totality of inputs accumulated over the athletes playing/training career . Various stressors create similar impact on the body regardless of intent. For instance, Playing sport (i.e. practice and competition), strength and conditioning, physical therapy, massage, even mobility training stress the body in some way. Stress impacts the system influencing a cascade of responses when gone unchecked.