In Season 3, Episode 7 Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Andrew Flatt PhD to discuss applications of heart rate variability (HRV) monitoring in team sport athletes. Dr. Flatt reviews the basic physiology of HRV, how pre-season testing can inform your training and recovery plans, how in-season monitoring influences decision making, and new findings on HRV results in larger athletes, such as linemen in American football. Dr. Flatt also discusses how the “other 22-hours” in the day – sleep, long-haul travel, mental and emotional stress, etc. – impact the nervous system and HRV measures, and finally provides some practical tips on how to collect HRV measurements, validated apps, and red flags to avoid when interpreting results.
Summary of This Episode
7:00 – What Is HRV?
7:45 – What impacts HRV scores in athletes
11:00 – Pre-season HRV trends in team sport athletes
13:20 – Olympic vs. national level swimmer HRV values
25:00 – In-season monitoring in collegiate football players
33:00 – Strategies for improving recovery as competitive season progresses
40:00 – Monitoring – a tool to start a conversation
46:30 – Different “apps” to implement with clients
57:00 – Evolution of research in HRV and team sports
About Dr. Andrew Flatt PhD
Dr. Andrew Flatt is an Assistant Professor and Sports Medicine Graduate Program Director at Georgia Southern University. Andrew has a PhD in Human Performance from the University of Alabama where he worked with football, swimming and soccer. He has an extensive athletic background including hockey, rugby, collegiate football and raw powerlifting. His research interest is in heart rate variability and its application to monitoring training status in athletes. Follow Andrew on Twitter.