What are functional norms?


While ideal norms quantify the best possible and statistical norms the average expression, functional norms characterize the individual norm of individual athletes.
Stubborn adherence to statistical norms can lead to negative effects in the individual form.
Example posture of Michael Johnson.

Everyday training is about finding the functional norm of an athlete. Functional norms are minimum requirements for the individual athlete. The functional norm adapts to the level of training.

Determination of the functional norm

In contrast to the statistical norm, the functional norm cannot be quantified. It can only be perceived subjectively.
The functional norm can be felt through "years of" training and experimentation.

Functional norms and ideal norms

Since ideal norms are often based on the performance of the world's best athletes, these ideal norms are in reality functional norms.
For these athletes, ideal norms = functional norms.

Functional norm and statistical norm

To what extent are differences between the functional norm and the statistical norm still tolerable?

For practical training

The individual functional norms are decisive for long-term, successful training planning and training control. The functional norms are obtained on the basis of findings from the individual case.
The provision of complete ideal and statistical norms is therefore an important task of Exercise science.