Team Monitoring - Trend and Pattern Analysis Guide

"Trend forecasting is much like archeology but to the future.” - Lidewij Edelkoort

Supporting a small group or entire team roster with player monitoring, is a growing demand with coaches and other support staff now. In order to reveal direction to what the data is saying, teams are looking to other fields and their use of statistics for an advantage. Unfortunately typical statistical analysis isn’t always sport appropriate, because combining human biology and sports training is unique. Several teams are investing into very expensive business intelligence tools and statistical analysis software, a good idea on paper, but in our experience an imperfect solution. When managing large amounts of player data, there is a  temptation to aggregate or merge all the data to see relationships. The central repository approach is very popular because most teams realize the interaction of all variables is likely to be the cause of trends and patterns. The problem with merging too much data is that our eyes can get lost with information overload, so just the right amount of information is a better choice. Teams can still collect all the data they need, but management is not collecting as much as possible, but organizing and visualizing the right data.

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Monitoring Professional Ice Hockey - Five Steps for a Winning Advantage

Player monitoring is growing in professional sport, but many teams are realizing that not all physiological readiness products work as promised. Even the ideal system may not work as well as advertised, and coaches are left wondering what to believe. What makes our blog unique is that we proudly display data of real athletes, something our competition struggles to do. The reason we openly share player scores? Athletes believe in the system and commit to using CHECK™, and we work with teams and coaches to ensure our system is deployed properly. Coaches are starting to figure out that if a blog or online article shows no data, it’s likely the system is not being used, and marketing is driving interest, not usage.

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Summer Skeleton Training

This blog entry focuses on training for the skeleton event during the late summer of 2013, with one athlete who was on holiday without his coach. The recorded training diary demonstrates the precision and sensitivity of the CHECK™ system when assessing neuromuscular fatigue from speed and power training. The athlete involved used the system over 26 days during and exhaustive training regimen. For privacy purposes the nationality and athlete’s name was anonymous for the article.

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Fatigue – Is it just in your Head?

When you feel tired, the source of that feeling may be coming from your brain. A popular theory of fatigue is that intense training causes central fatigue, a pattern of tiredness coming from the upper centers of the nervous system, or the brain. Central fatigue is getting a lot of interest with coaches and athletes, because it may provide a way to guide training by measuring it. Scientists have believed that central fatigue is a major player in causing poor performance and even be a culprit to injuries. In this blog we will cover topics such as central nervous system fatigue, Electroencephalography (EEG), and muscle inflammation. In addition to those subjects, we will go head to head with EEG approaches and share why we created CHECK™ to get a better way to gage fatigue of the neuromuscular system.

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Fatigue Monitoring in Training - What is the best Metric?

If one looks at all of the available research and products on the market, getting lost in what is the best way to assess fatigue is easy. More and more options are available to coaches and fitness enthusiasts today, and making the decision on what can be used daily requires a brief primer on the science of testing fatigue. What is accurate and practical? Does the test measure what it’s supposed to measure? How does the information make better decisions? In this entry, we will explain what are the best options in assessing fatigue and why our option stands at the top for athletes wanting to push themselves to the limit. 

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Accessing Neuromuscular Fatigue

When an athlete goes down because of injury, specially a non-contact one, attention will be directed to the medical and performance staff for answers. Countless questions on why it happened will be raised with the media and outside observers, but internally the answers are usually unknown. Several approaches are thought as leading metrics for monitoring and managing fatigue, but gross fatigue to the neuromuscular system is the most revealing and unfortunately the most difficult to assess in the past. Subjective questionnaires, blood testing, Heart Rate Variability, Electroencephalography, and even power tests such as jumping are all valuable, but what is best? Most importantly what are the field and physiological tests truly sharing, and are they a true window to the current status the nervous system? How does the information collected equate to what the athlete can actually do on the playing arena? The answer is clear, neuromuscular fatigue is the most effective way to manage speed and power athletes, either Olympic sports or team sport. Until now, neuromuscular fatigue required lab equipment, and took too much time for it to be a real world solution. Fortunately, the CHECK™ system can monitor athletes quickly and accurately with just a smartphone and Bluetooth device...

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Have you recovered from your last workout? How can you be sure?

We have some great news to share with you since we've teamed up with the leading Cross Fit training diary - WODConnect!

Recovery is probably the most underestimated challenge that CrossFit has to offer. Advanced athletes know their body well, and can estimate how hard they should exercise on a given day, but for beginners, this can be hard or even impossible to do.

We proudly announce co-operation with WODConnect. From now on you can track down your training diary on WODConnect and automatically pull your readiness data from Check My Level online service. WODconnect Pro users can now connect their Check My Level account to WODconnect.

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