I've been around Void Ultimate since I started getting into ultimate. In high school I practiced a few times with the team, and I was friends a few of the dudes on the team through PADA leagues and club ultimate (let's go GAVEL!). It was awesome to have the opportunity to help the team prepare for this upcoming year of college ultimate.
One of the questions a player brought up when discussing training load was, "sooo, how do other types of stress contribute to this?"
Great question! Stress accumulates and can come from physical, academic, emotional, social, and any type of stressor you can imagine. In this study, the authors recorded injury restrictions during a college football season (pre and in-season) and found that both high physical stress and high academic stress increased risk for injury (1).
Scale down your high intensity training volume during weeks of high academic stress (mid-terms, finals, projects, etc.). Stay consistent, but don't let the RPE jump through the roof. Include more lower intensity methods like extensive tempo (that your body is prepared for). Being healthy, injury free, and able to excel in school are all more important than .01 seconds of your 40yd dash.
(1) Mann, J B, et al. “Effect of Physical and Academic Stress on Illness and Injury in Division 1 College Football Players.” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 30 Jan. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26049791.