"Results through rest; Information about internal changes of the body helps to know when athletes need rest"

Janne Hänninen, Sports Director of the Finnish Speed Skating Association
has Checkmylevel user experience as the sprint coach of the Norwegian speed skating team and as the assistant coach of the HIFK and Avangard Omsk ice hockey teams alongside the head coach Raimo Summanen. 

 

Results through rest
When Janne Hänninen started his work as the sprint coach of the Norwegian speed skating team, he wanted to get information about the training load of an athlete’s body. Heart rate based solutions provide this data with delay,  and from Hänninen’s point of view, they do not work reliably enough regarding sprint and team sports. Checkmylevel was an answer to this need. It’s a fast and reliable indicator of the state of the human nervous system.

Proactive information about the human body
According to Janne, coaching is always based on assumptions. After a resting day, the athlete’s body is expected to be recovered and ready to train even harder.     Even if the athlete is feeling good and rested, the measurements may still sometimes suggest the opposite. This is one of the main reasons why Janne relies on Checkmylevel.

“Quite often we’ve found ourselves in a situation where the athlete is feeling okay after having rested the previous day. But still the measurements tell us a whole different story. And what do you know, by evening the athlete’s temperature is rising. With the help of Checkmylevel, we’ve been able to monitor the internal changes
of the body in advance and adjust our training program accordingly,”
Janne says.

Measurements reveal the need of rest

Hänninen has contentedly used the solution for many years already. When
he was the assistant coach of the Avangard Omsk ice hockey team alongside
the head coach Raimo Summanen, the entire team was using Checkmylevel.

“By looking at the results, I could make suggestions to Summanen, who
then made changes to the training sessions as needed. We discovered that
the measurements helped us detect when the athletes needed to rest. If the
readings raised any red flags, we gave the athlete a day off or made changes
in the training plan. It’s exactly these kinds of extra resting days that have
brought us such positive results,” says Janne.


Janne Hänninen,
Sports Director of the Finnish Speed Skating Association



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