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Recovery and Basketball Performance

By Jonathan Lansey

The WHOOP Recovery Score is a summary statistic encompassing several metrics known to be predictive of an athlete’s readiness to take on strain. These include resting heart rate, heart rate variability, and various measures of sleep quality and duration sufficiency. While fitness increases on the order of weeks or months, Recovery fluctuates throughout the day. The following case study shows that collegiate basketball game performance, specifically shooting accuracy, is correlated with the WHOOP Recovery Score on game-day mornings. These findings, the interpretations of their meanings, and the implications for coaches and training staff are discussed below.

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