Athletes and sports stars and the coaches charged with helping to get the best performances out of these individuals could all benefit from using GPS activity tracking. With FIFA being very vocal about its plans for implementing the use of GPS performance trackers more widely, the fact that US soccer teams are about to start using these trackers and the fact that many other elite sports teams and organisations throughout the world (including the NBA and English Premiership to name but two) already use them; it is worth looking at why.
In the following post we will look at the answer to why they are used and in what ways.
Reducing Injury Risks
The fastest way to bring a successful run or season to a grinding halt is an injury or two. Although this costs the team and prevents them perhaps from achieving all they were looking to – it stops the injured athlete from developing. Therefore it is important from the point of view of coaches and athletes alike to reduce the risk of injuries as much as they can.
GPS tracking systems feature metrics that coaches can use to establish when particular athletes may be most at risk of injuries. They are then able to tailor their training and rest to meet the specific needs of athletes and can stop injuries occurring.
Advantages Over The Competition
One of the key aspects that coaches and athletes benefit most from GPS performance trackers are that they help to give them an edge on the competition. You may wonder…how exactly do they do this?
They do it by allowing coaches and athletes to:
• Focus more on the specific needs of athletes and helps to provide a better development of the individual
• create more effective training sessions that keep them engaged and feeling fresh
• Create better training programs during off-seasons
• Make better decisions during a game based on the performance information
When athletes have the chance to develop and are trained effectively and are able to make more tactical decisions when it really counts – you can gain the advantage over their opponents.
Ensure Athletes Are At Their Level Best Through A Season
All coaches face the challenge of ensuring athletes are at their level best during game time. In the past, it was more of a gut-feeling thing to discuss the training needs of players through a season. Coaching, whether it is for football, lacrosse or even NFL has become an art and a science.
Player training schedules can be fine-tuned based on information gleaned regarding their workloads in practices and games.
Gives Players Objective Feedback on Their Performance
The toughest thing coaches have to do is discuss a player’s performance with them, which can be especially tricky when they are not able to see what the training staff see. This is how they can implement GPS tracking information.
Numbers never lie. It’s easier to explain to a player what’s going wrong when you can point to their workload scores over the previous three games.