Stuart is an Associate Professor in the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, in addition to providing Sports Science consultancy services to various elite programs including Melbourne Football Club, International Cricket Council and Australian Institute of Sport Combat Sports Centre. Stuart has spent more than 20 years working in High Performance Sport including more than 15 in the AFL which involved a Premiership with the West Coast Eagles.

Stuart received his PhD from Edith Cowan University and is actively involved in Sports Science research including supervision of multiple post-graduate students. He has published numerous papers in scientific journals, co-authored several book chapters and is a regular invited presenter at international conferences. Stuart is a Level 3 Coach and Life Member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. He has an interest in all areas of athletic preparation with a focus on monitoring training load and fatigue in high performance athletes.

Synopsis of talk

This presentation will examine the underlying scientific concepts related to monitoring training load and fatigue along with the implications for practical application. Specific topics will include monitoring internal and external load, assessing the fatigue response using various objective and subjective methods, and practical decision making based on contemporary data analysis techniques. Importantly, this presentation will highlight some of the important considerations for designing and implementing a load and fatigue monitoring program.