The word Global Positioning System or GPS sounds scary for many coaches and athletes, complex or complicated but this is not necessary. Working with and the handling of this kind of high tech can be easy accessible; the results and interventions can be really fruitful.
VX Sport technology is a perfect partner at the side line of the pitch.
Football training and fitness training will be always a very controversial discussion. Many times I hear that fitness training is closely connected with running training for example box to box runs, 400 m track runs or similar fitness runs. The question is: “Why is pure running considered as proper fitness training when trying to get players to a higher level of conditioning and greater intensity in playing tempo, and develop in them the necessary fitness and endurance stamina?”
At first I have to say that I don’t believe in these kind of fitness training for footballers! I believe that the main characteristic of the game is to play / run with the ball, the runs to defend the ball, the runs to get or regain the ball and the runs into space to be in the best position to keep the ball.
Of course it’s much easier to track 400m or the box to box timing but tracking the training with the ball is not complicated as well.
How can VX Sport help to increase players fitness level?
Every position on the field has different objectives. A goalkeepers performance requirements are different to that of a full back and a full back will differ from a central midfielder, etc…..
Every specific position on the field has specific parameters and of course the style of how the team will play will be another big factor, but all that can be measured, planned and adjusted with the help of the GPS system like VX Sport.
Let’s create some scenarios:
- During a typical match the wide midfielders covered a greater distance in high intensity running than central midfielders.
- The high intensity running distance in the first 15 minutes is greater than the high intensity running distance in the last 15 minutes.
- The different recovery time between the high intensity bursts in the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes will be a different and the decline can be measured as well.
The passing or drill intensity can be measured with a distance measurement together with the players heart rate and the variation in number of accelerations and decelerations. This should form part of your training plan considerations.
All these kind of GPS measurements and results will be useful in the development and prescription of specific training regimes and football specific drills to create a higher fitness level in the team. At the same time the results can give insights to create a best practice injury prevention program. The different characters in different positions needs different recovery strategies. A permanent overlapping fullback needs a different recovery than a central defender. All this should be part of a proper planning system.
To work with VX Sport is a real pleasure and gives us multiple choices to create better performance.