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.”

Because of DRIVN’s flexibility, features like an injury report can be both standardized and customized.

“We allow the coaches to customize,” says Gosselin. “There are a lot of variances teams use at the professional level. We aren’t trying to be the medical experts. We don’t say, ‘Here’s what you are going to use.’ We are working to be the platform that provides you with the tools experts need.”

For example, there are different features available for youth teams and college teams that deal with injury reporting.

“On the youth level now, it’s a questionnaire – when did this happen; how did this happen, was it on turf or grass, what actions were taken, and things like that,” says Gosselin. “Some are really simple and some are as complicated as you want them to be. We are seeing clubs use this a lot more so that everyone is on the same page.

“On the college level, it’s completely different because they have an internal form they have to use. So, they use chat to keep everyone informed. It might be something as simple as, ‘Mike came in. Looked at his ankle. He should be good to go.’”

At any point, the information can be exported and put into a chart so teams can look at their injury history.

Load, Strain, Monotony, 4 week average-2.png“You can look at all the boy’s injury vs the girl’s injuries,” says Gosselin. “A football team could look at injuries by position. Pulled muscles or strains can give you information about stretching and warmups. Once you have compiled all the information, you can look at it in a number of ways.”

Gosselin also sees a lot of clubs and teams using the post-game questionnaire to understand how their athletes feel. Questions ask about how the player believes he/she performed, their soreness, stress and fatigue.

“The players fill it out after a game, the coach sees it on his phone and he can respond to the player immediately,” says Gosselin. “It’s standardized for every club, but we have created different levels. We have different ones for the most competitive level and one for less-competitive teams.”

Find out what else DRIVN can do for your team.

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