Which sports benefit from these approaches?
Hellmerichs: One can clearly distinguish between team and individual sports in this case. When it comes to individual sports, coach and athletes have a stronger, more intimate bond and focus more intensely on the athlete’s physical condition. Meanwhile, in a team sport, it is very difficult for coaches to have their sight on all athletes at the same time. However, all team members are subject to the same load levels in this setting. Needless to say, if a team member is overloaded resulting in injury, live tracking technology can ensure that certain activities are reduced for individual athletes. Of course, this also means that more people in the background have to monitor and analyze the data.
How is this data connected to support informed decisions?
Hellmerichs: Some of it is real-time data, the other portion is available as a download or via an app after the training session. Athletes can synchronize their data via the cloud, making it quickly available after a competition for example.
All data is reported and presented in our OpenField software, which users can customize by creating their own dashboards, graphs, and charts based on their needs.
What feedback do you get from athletes? Do wearable devices help prevent injuries?
Hellmerichs: The feedback is usually positive and our approach provides objective information to assist with training plans and future sports activities. Athletes find out how their bodies react to stress and training load. This also gives them a comparison of subjective and objective perception of stress and allows them to subsequently adapt the next training session or the next competition.
Athletes, who team up with us have told us that this is a significant improvement for them. This comparison helps them to understand where and why difficulties may arise if certain load parameters sound an alarm. And it helps them take action that might prevent injury. This is where we notice a greater degree of acceptance of digital training devices compared to previous years.