Current technology applications for sport is a great asset and partner. The accurate measurement and reporting of metrics provide important reflections about each player in their position of play or within each training season.
It is crucial to know the numbers of sprints, accelerations and decelerations, the total distance and the distance in high speed. The technology delivers more than one million data points during a 90 min match or training session.
One million data points! But what can we do with this enormous amount of information? We have to find the winning formula for the team, the individual player, the style of play and the planning strategy to underpin these.
The modern game of football has changed dramatically in the last few years. The game has become very fast, the total distance covered has increased, the total number of fast actions has increased as has the “high speed” distance increased.
A player delivers between 1000 to 1400 short term actions! The sprint distance and the numbers of sprints has increased in the last 10 years in a competitive match and these are two of the most important factors to create a goal or to prevent a goal.
In the current football environment, we need speed, we need the ability to change direction, we need high speed in different areas and at different phases of the match. The last 15-20 minutes are crucial in determining the outcome of a match for a team. The team with the higher “speed ability” has a high chance to win the game.
All these are measurable data points with the modern GPS technology available. The head coach and his back room team are able to structure and plan the perfect training session according to their needs! It is important to deliver, structure and present complex data in a simple way to create an environment for fast, informed decisions making to facilitate purposeful training and competition. A good coaching team will create success through the sharing, anlaysing, fine tuning and implementation of different training methods and ideas!
It is a great pleasure to work with this kind of technology and make the work of a coach so enjoyable and gratifying.