It’s no secret that HRV is a very effective and accurate tool to monitor stress, and as time goes on there are more and more coaches turning to HRV to use with their athletes.
HRV can be used on the micro level to ensure the athlete is in an optimal state for training on any given day, and it is also a tool to monitor macro changes in an athletes health/stress. The problem is that HRV is marketed and thought of as a magic machine that automatically tells you what to do each day and everything will be hunky-dory.
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People buy HRV monitors and start using them not really knowing what they are actually doing. Most HRV systems/apps have a three stage system. GREEN which means train hard, AMBER which means take it easy, or RED which means rest. This is the micro level I was talking about, seeing the daily changes. At a beginner level this three stage coloured system is pretty good and user friendly, but it is just the tip of the iceberg.
The macro part is the rest of the iceberg, the part that many people don’t know or understand. HRV is not simple, it is extremely complicated and it takes a real professional to know how to monitor an athlete using one.
The video below goes into a little bit of detail about some of the misconceptions around HRV and might help some coaches or athletes that are currently learning how to use HRV.
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