Currently being the first year of using GPS technology within the club we have seen a big improvement in match fitness, specifically during the closing stages of games. I put this down to a mixture of systemised programming and the accountability of the players to hit their GPS targets during training sessions thanks to the help of SPT. It is exciting to see the direction they are going with further technology enhancements to be made, and look forward to working with them in the future.
We capture two lots of data. The first lot we look at is how many kilometres [players] cover at training and after games. We use that data to work out whether we are giving the players too much load or not enough load and try to ensure optimal performance.Read more
One of the main reasons we use this data is for our FFA cup games. Sometimes we will play three games in seven days. We want to make sure we get our players’ loading right so they are not at risk of injury for the next week. The other time we use the data is for the players' rehabilitation. We will take them through a 5-stage return-to-training protocol. We capture their data so we can make sure that by stage 5 (before they go back to play) they can cover that 5-6km mark they usually cover at training.
Our team invested in the GPS technology so we could effectively monitor the intensity and volume of our training sessions throughout the year. The technology allows us to optimize performance-training outcomes for both individuals and the team for the in-season, mid-season and off-season recovery period.Read more
For the demands of all field-based sports outdoors, SPT has been fantastic in providing us with simple parameters that are easily communicated to coaches and players alike.
Our school purchased SPT GPS devices to use within our Physical Education/Health Department. Our students and staff have thoroughly enjoyed using 21st century technology to gain feedback and information, similar to that of professional athletes.Read more
Students are motivated to compare their data from previous performances, against other students, and to that of what a professional athlete may achieve. The devices have become a key component of our senior practical lessons, where students have applied results to make links to theory topics and content such as energy systems, fitness (training methods), concepts of physical activity, methods of assessing physical activity, movement analysis and feedback, as well as many others.
Being able to use SPT’s technology has enabled the Physiotherapists at Optimus Health to work closely with our Sports Science Team and help to reduce soft tissue injuries over the 2016/17 season. We have managed to use the GPS data to give feedback to coaches about important data and load variables, including acute-chronic ratios and flagging players when their loads are not in a ‘sweet spot’.
We started working with SPT before the start of our 2016/17 football season. We have now been working with them for a full year and during this time, I can confirm that they have been nothing short of brilliant in supporting us at the Academy.