Fresh Brains Make a Difference

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 28, 2019 7:54:57 AM

Does any of this sound familiar?

During training, a player or two seem to be wandering around in a fog. They seem clueless as to what’s going on around them. The ball sneaks up on them, surprising them to the point where you are not sure if that was their first touch or a one-timed shot.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, wellness

How Data Can Change the Player-coach Meeting

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 5, 2018 9:34:57 PM

There are 28 different categories for which a women’s soccer player at the University of North Carolina receives a score – every day, in practice and in games.

It’s part of an effort by head coach Anson Dorrance to develop what he has labeled a “competitive cauldron,” a developmental environment which encourages – even demands – competition between teammates.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

Are You Keeping Up with Changing Technology

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 25, 2018 10:42:24 AM

Just when you think you have a handle on the most recent technology, it changes. Just when you have almost perfected a method of communicating with your team, a better way comes along.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, 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

They Are Fit, But Are They Fresh?

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 8, 2018 10:22:31 AM

For many teams in many sports, it’s pre-season time again. Coaches are realizing the despite all their pleading and warnings, their players are not at fit as they should be.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

How to Avoid Paralysis by Analysis

Posted by Tim Nash on Jul 5, 2018 7:57:08 AM

 

With the rapid advancements in Sports Technology, wearables have become an integral part of analyzing and managing player performance.

Sports wearables are a multi-billion-dollar industry, thanks mostly to professional sports teams and their desire to gain an edge by getting the most out of each of their players. NBA teams, for example, are using six cameras strategically position to track everything from player movement, speed, distance, player separation and ball possession. They also track how many times a player touched the ball, how many passes he made, how many rebounding opportunities he had, and much more.

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Topics: Sports Performance, Data Science

No Need to Jump to Conclusions Anymore

Posted by Tim Nash on May 31, 2018 8:31:57 AM

 

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.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

How Objective Data Can Change the Player-Coach Relationship

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 18, 2018 1:09:06 PM

There are 28 different categories for which a women’s soccer player at the University of North Carolina receives a score – every day, in practice and in games.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

Stop Guessing at Performance Issues

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

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

This Small Change Can Help Your Athletes Reach Their Full Potential

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

We all know the margin between winning and losing is tiny. And on the professional or collegiate level, a win or a loss can be the difference between having a job and looking for one.

That’s why coaches are always looking for that little edge, and today, more than ever, the edges exist in the form of information.

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Topics: Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Data Science, Data Tracking