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

Data Tracking: Not Just For Coaches

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 24, 2017 8:39:17 AM

The latest consensus in the debate about kids playing multiple sports seems to be trending toward it being a good idea.

It’s quite common to see young athletes – especially at the middle and high school ages – playing more than one sport in the same season. They play a school sport after school and rush to their club practice at night.

We are not going to add to the debate here and contribute our opinions on whether it is good or bad, right or wrong. Instead, we want to talk about the inevitable consequences – issues arising from overuse.

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Topics: Fitness, training, RPE, Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Soccer, Mobile Coaching, Data Science

Preventing Fatigue With Data Tracking

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Fatigue is a hot topic among coaches these days. Coaches are beginning to understand how fatigue impacts their players and their team’s performance. Countless studies have been done to educate coaches about the importance of rest, freshness and recovery.

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Topics: Fitness, RPE, Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Mobile Coaching, Data Science

How Historical Data Can Turn a Season Around

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 13, 2017 10:57:49 AM

It’s that time again for summer workouts. Coaches are sending them out to prospective student-athletes, hoping they are strictly followed so their players report to pre-season training in top condition.

The programs, most likely arrive in the player’s email boxes with a PDF attached. As a coach, do you ever wish you could simply put workout items and details on the player’s calendar with diagrams and videos attached and a method to see if the workout was followed?

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Topics: Fitness, Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Team Communication, Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Data Science

Data: The Key To Improving Sports Performance

Posted by Tim Nash on Jun 6, 2017 11:52:49 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: Fitness, RPE, Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Athlete Development, Soccer, Data Science

Sports Performance Has Evolved and DRIVN Has Kept Up

Posted by Tim Nash on May 16, 2017 8:48:19 AM

I have an old Sports Illustrated. The cover date is July 4, 1960. Articles teased on the cover are about Bill Veeck, Archie Moore and the US Olympic Trials. But the most interesting part of the magazine is the ads.

Cameras, video recorders, cigarettes, telephones, cigars and a whole lot of alcohol are the most prominent products being advertised, but one Campbell Soup ad caught my eye. It was for “Soup on the Rocks.”

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Topics: Fitness, RPE, Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance

Implementing RPE for Peak Performance

Posted by DRIVN on May 9, 2017 9:50:55 AM


“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” 
- Bill Russell, Boston Celtics, 11-time NBA Champion

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Topics: Fitness, training, RPE, Strength Training, Athletic Performance

No Training Out-Performs a Bad Diet

Posted by Dave Spina on May 31, 2016 11:00:00 AM

When I was 20 I was coming off a tough high ankle sprain. It was relatively a new injury and many coaches thought it wasn’t as bad as it was because it wasn’t “broken”... it might have been even worse to be honest. I had spent the last 3 years training at BC (Boston College), thought I had a great grasp on diet and training, but in all honesty I was 20… soooooo arrogant and naive to say the least. I had a coach on my team (Ron Rolston) approach me and say, “To fix your ankle, jump start your senior year, and get a leg up on your professional career I really think you need to go train and workout with Charles Poliquin. He is currently in your home state (Arizona) and knows things about diet and training that are very revolutionary.” At this point I was ready to do anything to get back to the successes I was having the prior seasons. 

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Topics: Fitness, nutrition, training

Welcome to DRIVN

Posted by Chris Heidelberger on Oct 28, 2015 1:06:02 PM

Welcome to DRIVN, the mobile platform partner for elite athletic teams, fitness, health and wellness groups.

In many ways this is my dream company combining a lifelong passion for playing and coaching sports with an extensive tech leadership background. They say timing is everything. When Matt, Rob and I set out to explore this market, we had a hunch there was a gap in the market. What we didn't see is the huge opportunity between youth scheduling apps and deeply technical sports sciences apps.

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Topics: Announcements, Fitness