S2 EPISODE 25 - Workload Monitoring & Player Development in the NBA w/ Ramsey Nijem MSc

Season 2 Episode 25, Dr. Bubbs interviews Ramsey Nijem MS, the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. In this episode, Ramsey will discuss workload monitoring in team sport, the acute to chronic ratio and the relationship that exists between workload, fatigue, and injury. He’ll share his insights on the fine balance between pushing athletes too hard and not hard enough, how to balance out workloads in team sports when players are logging vastly different minutes, as well as navigating the inter-individual responses to training and why some players can tolerate much more than others. Ramsey also talks about the role of sleep and nutrition in recovery, highlights some of the fundamental exercises he uses with the Sacramento Kings players and much more. 

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    Workload monitoring is the practice of tracking data to assess an athlete state of “readiness” for the next game or practice.

2)    Internal training load is how the athletes “respond” to training; the physiological or psychological stress during exercise such heart rate, rating of perceived exertion, heart rate variability, etc.

3)    External training load is what the athletes “do”; the speed they’re moving at, the distance they cover, the accelerations and decelerations, etc.

About Ramsey Nijem

Ramsey Nijem MS is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings responsible for all aspects of sport performance including strength and conditioning, sport science, and nutrition. Ramsey earned his M.S. from the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton and is currently a Doctor of Science candidate studying Human and Sport Performance.