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Robust Exponential Decreasing Index (REDI): adaptive and robust method for computing cumulated workload

Abstract : Objective : The purpose of this study was to define a new index the Robust Exponential Decreasing Index (REDI), which is capable of an improved analysis of the cumulative workload. This allows for precise control of the decreasing influence of load over time. Additionally, REDI is robust to missing data that are frequently present in sport.

Methods : 200 cumulative workloads were simulated in two ways (Gaussian and uniform distributions) to test the robustness and flexibility of the REDI, as compared with classical methods (acute:chronic workload ratio and exponentially weighted moving average). Theoretical properties have been highlighted especially around the decreasing parameter.

Results : The REDI allows practitioners to consistently monitor load with missing data as it remains consistent even when a significant portion of the dataset is absent. Adjusting the decreasing parameter allows practitioners to choose the weight given to each daily workload.

Discussion : Computation of cumulative workload is not easy due to many factors (weekends, international training sessions, national selections and injuries). Several practical and theoretical drawbacks of the existing indices are discussed in the paper, especially in the context of missing data; the REDI aims to settle some of them. The decreasing parameter may be modified according to the studied sport. Further research should focus on methodology around setting this parameter.

Conclusion : The robust and adaptable nature of the REDI is a credible alternative for computing a cumulative workload with decreasing weight over time.
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Issa Moussa, Arthur Leroy, Guillaume Saulière, Julien Schipman, Jean-François Toussaint, et al.. Robust Exponential Decreasing Index (REDI): adaptive and robust method for computing cumulated workload. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 2019, 5 (1), pp.e000573. ⟨10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000573⟩. ⟨hal-02924611⟩

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