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Load Management - Training Smarter and Harder with Tim Gabbett PhD

  • Variant Training Lab 314 State Street Santa Barbara, CA USA (map)
World renowned sports scientist Tim Gabbett, PhD, is coming to California in January to hold a workshop on load monitoring and athlete management. Here he discusses why his course is relevant to any movement professional working with active populations.

Workshop overview

In this workshop participants will develop practical tools to enable more effective and quantifiable load monitoring of athletes. Ample evidence has shown that training harder is smarter and high chronic loads are protective from injury. Participants will be able to write their own programs to monitor load in their athletes, stage training effectively and implement best practices with whatever resources you have at your disposal. Participants will learn how to best integrate their professional knowledge of load monitoring and communicate effectively with coaches, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches and sports scientists. Additional attention is given regarding the adolescent athlete as well as return to play considerations. 

Dr. Gabbett has also published three blogs for us about load management. They can be viewed here, here and here.

This course has been approved for 1.3 CME for:

  • California Physical Therapists (CEC-917)

  • Athletic Trainers (Board of Certification Approved Provider number P10154)

  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (L1389-J19B1)


Day 1

7:45am-8:15am Participant check-in

8:15am-9:15am Coaching Roundtable – What is “Load Management” Really About?

This session will provide practitioners the opportunity to discuss the concepts around load management, and what it means for their practice. (Group Interaction)

9:15am-10:15am A Best Practice Approach to Load Monitoring (part 1)

In this session the most recent work on training monitoring (and current controversies) will be discussed. (Lecture)

10:15am-10:30am Break

10:30am-11:30am A Best Practice Approach to Load Monitoring (part 2)

In this session the most recent work on training monitoring (and current controversies) will be discussed. (Lecture)

11:30am-12:30pm Monitoring with Minimal Resources

In this session, Tim will demonstrate how coaches can monitor their athletes’ training - even when they have minimal resources at their disposal. (Group Interaction)

12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch break

1:30pm-2:30pm Putting Training Monitoring into Practice

Bring your laptops and tablets along! In this session, participants will use techniques learned from the preceding sessions to write their own programs. (Practical)

2:30pm-2:45pm Break

2:45pm-3.45pm Training Smarter and Harder

This session will highlight the latest evidence demonstrating that training harder is actually training smarter! (Lecture)

3:45pm-4:15pm Open Forum and Discussion (Group Discussion)

4:15-4:30 Check in for participants of Ethical Considerations in RTP Decision Making

4:30-6:30 Ethical Considerations in Return to Play Decision Making with Nicole Surdyka

Day 2
8:00am-8:45am Making a Difference in High Performance Sport

This session will discuss ways in which coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning staff and sport science researchers can develop an integrated program using an athlete-centered approach. (Lecture)

8:45am-9:45am Load Monitoring – It’s Not All About the “Ratio”!

In this session the most recent work on training monitoring will be discussed. Appropriately staged training (rather than simply monitoring) and its role in managing injury and pain will be explored. (Lecture)

9:45am-10:15am Break

10:15am-11:45am Developing Load Capacity in Adolescent Athletes

This session requires participants to work together to find ways to develop load capacity in adolescent athletes preparing to compete against elite senior international athletes. (Group-Based Problem-Solving)

11:45am-12:45pm Lunch break

12.45pm-2:15pm Return to Competition

This session will explore the timing, content and loading when returning to competition following minor and major injuries, and off-season break. (Practical Group Interaction)

2:15pm-2.45pm Break

2:45 pm-4:00pm Individualizing the Training Process

This session will discuss the process behind developing individualized training programs within a team environment. (Group Interaction)

4:00pm-4:30pm Open Forum and Discussion (Group Discussion)

About the presenter:

Tim Gabbett holds a PhD in Human Physiology (2000) and has completed a second PhD in the Applied Science of Professional Football (2011) , with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition. He has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles. He continues to work as a sport science and coaching consultant for several high performance teams around the world. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences. He is committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ to benefit high performance coaches and athletes. You can find out more about him at his website: