Coaching Cockpits and Data

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Attached to the blog discussion is a great PDF by Don Babbitt, a throws coach down in Georgia. What I like about this information is it shares what is important to him and how he tracks that information over a career. What information is important to you at any time? What information is urgent and what is something to reflect on later? For me I think next year will be 150m time, 30m time, Vertical Jump, and a few horizontal tests. Obviously the event performances are important. So what about screens? What about recovery? Over the last 3 months I have received 20 excel spreadsheets and found information was usually times and reps, but not much on the athlete’s feeling or current state of rest. Perhaps I should use a dashboard model like business? I may find that HRV (heart rate variability) is my engine light but my ears and eyes will notice a strange sound or something not looking right. Still data is important and it often tells a story. Here is what is important to me.

Mood- What is their interest in training? Apathetic or excited?

Soreness- Soreness 1-10 and where?

Limber- Do they feel compacted joint wise or tight in their body (soft tissue).

Energy Levels- 1-10 exhausted to rocket fueled

Bounce- Does the athlete feel flat or stale (this is often reflected in mood).

Certain scores that are poor can lead into lifestyle or sports medicine questioning but I think I am going towards a more consistent line of questioning. I don’t know but I think data collection can’t be mining for gold but more of a surface scan of what is going on.

Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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