Each one has an individual schedule, but normally athletes are tested in the off-season to obtain baseline levels. The baseline panel is something that we compare our findings to for the rest of the season.
The next test is usually done after the first big ramp up in training. This is done to see how that training volume has influenced physiology in comparison to base line panels.
Testing is also recommended after each big training block and before key races or competitions. Four to six weeks before peak competition can usually give an athlete enough time to take any action if needed or provide reassurance their bodies are handling training well.
Sample testing schedule:
- Gold Panel during off-season to obtain baseline
- Bronze panel after first big block of training
- Repeat Bronze Panel after each big block
- Gold panel 4 to 6 weeks prior to peak competition