As I start my 41st year of coaching I finally have a coaching tool that will give me answers that I have been looking for all these years. As coaches we use our powers of observation and measurement tools plus our experience to give us information on how hard or how easy a practice, a drill or a training session was. Literally from my first years coaching I felt there had to be better way to assess training and competition stress and measure workload. I tried heart rate, that raised more questions than it provided answers. I have looked at all the various GPS systems but they have limitations. For the past two years I have been privileged to work on the development of TrainTrak, a coaching tool that will enable me and you to measure what is really happening in training, in terms of metabolic load, speed load and biomechanical load. You can monitor in real time to adjust training loads during a session or stop a player who has reached certain thresholds. The system enables you to analyze the training session and compare intra individual or inter individual or even the whole team. It enables you to look back and analyze workouts for whatever time frame you choose. These reports are generated in minutes in a format that is easy to use and understand. Now you will be able to truly focus and individualize training because so can accurately measure the effects of training.
The TrainTrak system will be launched tomorrow at the NSCA Sport Specific Conference in Orlando. If you are at the conference please stop by and see a live demo of the system at booth # 416.
I have no doubt that future progress in training lies in the ability to accurately monitor the stress of training and competition, then assess and adjust appropriately based on the actual load imposed on the body. It is difficult to improve what you cannot measure. Ultimately you must take the information you gather and turn it into changes in training or adjustments in how you want the player to play the game. By changing the practice through accurate monitoring, you can change the game. TrainTrack will enable you to do that.
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