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The reversibility principle

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    Phomolo P.
    Phomolo P.

    Reversibility – any adaptation that takes place as a result of training will be reversed when you stop training. If you take a break or don't train often enough you will lose fitness. The Reversibility Principle dictates that athletes lose the beneficial effects of training when they stop working out. Conversely, it also means that detraining effects can be reversed when athletes resume training. In short, If you don't use it, you lose it. (1) While rest periods are necessary for recovery, extended rest intervals reduce physical fitness. The physiological effects of fitness training diminish over time, causing the body to revert back to its pretraining condition. The length of the detraining period and the training status of the athlete dictate how much performance is lost. Detraining occurs within a relatively short time period after an athlete ceases to train. Performance reductions may occur in as little as two weeks or sooner. In trained athletes, research indicates that detraining may result in greater losses in muscular power than strength. Strength losses are due to first to neural mechanisms, and next due to atrophy of muscles. What is interesting is that strength levels after detraining are rarely lower than pre training levels, so training has a residual effect even when it is discontinued. But when the athlete returns to training, the rate of strength acquisition is high.

    Zachary B.
    Zachary B.

    What is the reversibility principle?Wh

    Rk S.
    Rk S.

    The reversibility principle If people were as economical as their bodies, we would not have problems with personal debt and excess world waste production. The human body is nothing if not thrifty! The iron and protein in those millions of blood cells that die each day are almost completely re-used to build new blood cells! The body does not build proteins it does not need (except maybe those that make up the appendix), and it does not retain proteins that are no longer needed! For the athlete, the unfortunate consequence of this thriftiness is the rapid reversibility of training adaptations if training is stopped. But of course, you already knew this. You might not know some of the details, such as: How rapid? Which adaptations deteriorate the fastest? Does it make a difference if I have been training for years? What about reducing training level but not stopping?

    Muhammad S.
    Muhammad S.

    Explain the principle of reversibility?

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