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Training Zones & injury

Learn how to connect the dots between injury prevention and training zones with education partner COEUS.

Photo by Ken Bennett, Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League

Injuries are common during athletic activities, including sports like mountain biking. As coaches, we know crashes are inevitable and that part of our duty is to try and mitigate risk as much as possible. We can approach this by adequately teaching athletes proper skills, selecting appropriate trails for practice sessions, and educating riders on the inherent risks of the sport.

Even with these precautions, there’s often one major contributor to injuries that gets overlooked: fatigue. A rider who is fatigued makes more mistakes, has a slower reaction time, and experiences numerous other drops in performance that lead to sports injuries. 

Thankfully, there’s a surprisingly simple way to reduce the risk of injury due to fatigue by incorporating training intensity management into your practices. Learn about multiple training intensity tools that are free to use and how to effectively utilize them during rides to reduce injury rate!

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This content was authored by NICA education partner, Coeus.

Coeus provides science-backed courses in the following topic tracks: Performance, Nutrition, and Skills.

Coeus provides CEU-eligible courses that are pre-approved for NICA credit and are designed with and taught by field experts who actively teach the subject matter at a collegiate level. Every course is tailored to meet the needs of the learner using proven instructional design. We aim to provide the highest-quality educational content with a focus on real-world application. No matter where you are in your journey, we are excited to provide you with an array of tools to help create a safe, fun, and performance-improving experience for your student-athletes.

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