INTRODUCTION: RECOVER WHAT FROM WHAT
In part three of our series examining the principles of programming we will be discussing appropriate rest and recovery. The principle of appropriate rest and recovery states that a stressor must be recovered from to the point of invoking an optimal amount of performance gain. This does not mean that complete recovery must be achieved or that it is even desired. Overreaching illustrates the benefit of increasing load to the point of not recovering, whereas a taper illustrates the opposite, nearly complete dissipation of accumulated fatigue from reduced training loads. Although, when discussing recovery it is important to understand the systems needing to be recovered and the importance of bringing each back to baseline (i.e. energy stores, tissue damage, nervous system alterations). All of these concepts will be discussed at length in the proceeding sections.