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High Performance Coaching

Improve your game in 2015 through GPSports technology in this five part series.

Learn how your team can benefit from player tracking technology in this free, five part series brought to you by GPSports. During the next five weeks we will show you how to:

  • Monitor / adjust work rates to maximize performance
  • Maintain peak performance all season long
  • Reduce injuries
  • Create individual / specific return to play protocols and still manage the entire team

All in real time, with data anyone can understand.



Here’s the program:

101: Identify key markers of volume and intensity for your sport

102: How to objectively periodize player loads through GPSports

103: How to objectively identify players at risk of soft tissue injury using GPSports

104: How to to use GPSports ‘running symmetry’ for return to play protocols

105: How to use relative player values to monitor training loads and reduce risk




101: Managing Training Volume & Intensity

The art of strength and conditioning depends largely on a coach’s ability to manipulate volume and intensity...

Too much of either and your player’s are at risk of injury. Too little of either and team preparation is compromised. Player tracking solutions now provide insight into game demands and training loads. Teams who embrace this technology will get a competitive advantage as they are empowered to objectively manipulate volume and intensity for peak performance.

Each sport has distinct indicators of volume and intensity that are relevant and unique to that sport. A best practice model for high performance coaching is to identify the most relevant objective indicators for your sport.



Once the key indicators of volume and intensity have been identified, the indicators should be measured and manipulated daily to achieve the optimal training dosage.



102: Objectively periodize player loads through GPSports

Periodization is the process of manipulating training load and recovery to achieve a desired training effect. Whilst simple in theory, the reality is difficult to execute without the right tools.

GPSports ‘Load Profile’ technology quantifies an athlete’s training stimulus and incorporates this with the athlete’s individual longitudinal training profile. The end result reveals the training stimulus so that coaching staff know if their session overloaded or unloaded their athletes.

The Load Profile consists of two variables: Chronic and Acute loads. These variables and applications are outlined in the table below:



Once Chronic and Acute loads have been compared accurately, they should be manipulated daily to periodize player loads and achieve the optimal training dosage.



103: Objectively identify players at risk of soft tissue injury

The ability to identify and then manage athletes at risk of soft tissue injury is one of the primary roles of Strength and Conditioning staff. GPSports systems are now enabling coaching staff to readily identify those athletes at risk of injury.

With the introduction of Relative Session Score variables in the SPI IQ platform, GPSports is moving away from simply reporting absolute loads. SPI IQ is smarter than ever before and can now use relative markers of player load to give real meaning to data.

The GPSports ‘Relative Session Score’ analysis quantifies an athlete’s session in the context of their recent history. The analysis takes into account the frequency, volume and intensity of sessions in the athlete’s longitudinal training profile. This allows staff to quickly and accurately identify ‘at risk’ players based on relative change, not just absolute loading.

Here is Relative Session Score presented in the SPI IQ platform. You can see that the overall score from the session is 5.47. This would indicate there is low risk of an overload injury for this athlete.

The Relative Session Score profile is outlined in the table below.



104: How to use GPSports ‘running symmetry’ for return to play protocols

The GPSports running symmetry analysis provides a reliable insight into an athlete’s running imbalance. This feature allows teams to objectively prescribe and monitor mobility interventions and return to play protocols.

GPSports delivers athlete Running Symmetry analysis which is based on information derived from both the accelerometer and GPS sensors. The software identifies, quantifies and compares the forces at ground contact (foot strike) on the right and left side during running. The percentage difference, between the left and right stride is reported to the user as ‘imbalance’. The return to play percentage is another example of how GPSports provides answers, not just data for coaches, with coaches now able to quickly and accurately identify an objective return to play marker for athletes returning from injury.

The table below defines Running Symmetry and the return to play industry standard percentage.

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