Sports Medicine

, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 1755–1757 | Cite as

Authors’ Reply to Buckner et al.: ‘Comment on: “The General Adaptation Syndrome: A Foundation for the Concept of Periodization”

  • Aaron J. CunananEmail author
  • Brad H. DeWeese
  • John P. Wagle
  • Kevin M. Carroll
  • Robert Sausaman
  • W. Guy HornsbyIII
  • G. Gregory Haff
  • N. Travis Triplett
  • Kyle C. Pierce
  • Michael H. Stone
Letter to the Editor


Buckner et al. [1] have submitted a letter in response to our recent review [2] on the general adaptation syndrome (GAS) and its application to training periodization. As Buckner et al. state, this topic deserves fair and thorough discussion from multiple perspectives, and we thank them for the opportunity to continue such dialogue. Their letter restates many of the points in their original reviews [3, 4], which we addressed in our manuscript. Nevertheless, we will address the main points of their letter to provide further clarity on how the GAS does in fact serve as an appropriate mechanistic model to conceptualize training periodization.

Data Have Been Ignored?

Buckner et al. [1] suggest that only Selye’s original experimental papers should be considered when examining the potential applications of the GAS, and thus dismiss the relevance of reviews by Selye that do not present additional data. We are perplexed by and fundamentally disagree with this position as it...


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Conflicts of Interest

Aaron Cunanan, Brad DeWeese, John Wagle, Kevin Carroll, Robert Sausaman, W. Guy Hornsby III, G. Gregory Haff, N. Travis Triplett, Kyle Pierce, and Michael Stone declare that they have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this letter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron J. Cunanan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brad H. DeWeese
    • 1
  • John P. Wagle
    • 1
  • Kevin M. Carroll
    • 1
  • Robert Sausaman
    • 1
  • W. Guy HornsbyIII
    • 2
  • G. Gregory Haff
    • 3
  • N. Travis Triplett
    • 4
  • Kyle C. Pierce
    • 5
  • Michael H. Stone
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sport, Exercise, Recreation, and Kinesiology, Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach EducationEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityUSA
  2. 2.College of Physical Activity and Sport SciencesWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Exercise and Sport Sciences ResearchEdith Cowan UniversityJoondalupAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Health and Exercise ScienceAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  5. 5.Department of Kinesiology and Health ScienceLouisiana State University ShreveportShreveportUSA

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