Peaking vs Freshness in Team Sports

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 23, 2018 11:05:22 AM

There is a growing school of thought that training you team to “peak” at a certain time of the year is no longer the best idea in team sports.

In individual sports like swimming or track, sure, peaking will always be important. it’s pretty obvious that the athlete wants to peak at precisely the right time to put in their best performance of the season in the big event.

But with team sports, it’s not all that feasible that coaches will be able to get all their athletes – or at least the right group of them – to peak at the same time. Injuries, different work-ethics, and varying outside factors of each athlete all contribute to an unmanageable peaking calendar.

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Topics: wellness, Recovery, Data Tracking

Elite Athletes Track Their Sleep. Shouldn't You?

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 10, 2018 7:26:37 PM

One of DRIVN’s more popular features is the Trackers, which provides coaches and athletes a way to monitor, record and chart data to help maximize performance.

Are a couple of the team’s athletes more fatigued than the others? Is muscle soreness an issue within the team? Is the stress level higher at one point in the season than others? It’s easy to understand how those factors can be important to the performance of an individual or team.

But what about sleep? The amount of sleep your players are getting is also measured through DRIVN’s trackers. Is sleep really that important?

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Topics: Sports Performance, Data Science, Recovery

Stop Guessing at Performance Issues

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 8, 2018 11:29:41 AM

Data-driven athlete development

So, you have a player who is not performing as well as you’d like, and it’s frustrating. They are among your most talented players, but they just don’t get it done.

You have your own theories as to why, and over time you convince yourself you are right – he’s just lazy, he’s too slow, he’s not aggressive enough.

But what if you are wrong? What if there is a simple explanation that neither you nor the player have considered? What a waste that would be.

“People make choices based on what they know, and if they don’t have all the information, they can’t make the best choices,” says Darcy Norman, AS Roma’s director of performance and a DRIVN user. “Collecting data helps you make a more informed decision.

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Topics: Fitness, Athletic Performance, Data Science, Coaching, wellness, Recovery, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking

Let's Talk About ACLs

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

You’re standing over an injured player and she says, “I heard a pop.” You immediately think: ACL.

Let’s talk about ways to avoid that.

Knee injuries are certainly not new to sports, especially ACL injuries. But a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says they are more frequent than ever.

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Topics: Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Coaching, Recovery, Injury Prevention

Tracking & Reporting: How To Manage Your Team's Injuries

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The staff behind DRIVN is constantly making adjustments, tweaks and updates to help teams and organizations operate more efficiently.

Lately, time has been spent on creating and improving the way teams manage injuries.

“We can have a club-wide standard injury report on every coaches’ phone,” says Mike Gosselin, DRIVN’s Director of Business Development. “They can fill it out for every athlete. That’s become very popular.”

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Topics: Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Recovery, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking