HOW ARE SOCCER COACHES USING ATHLETE MONITORING? 5 THINGS ALL SOCCER COACHES
SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GPS PLAYER TRACKING
WHAT IS ATHLETE MONITORING FOR SOCCER? Soccer coaches around the world are turning to GPS athlete monitoring to help them better prepare, develop and protect their athletes. You may have even seen the pictures of professional and national team players wearing performance tracking devices in games or practices. With many coaches looking to provide their team an edge, we’ve created a list to cover all the basics. Here are the 5 Things All Soccer Coaches Should Know About GPS Player Tracking.
PEOPLE REALLY DO USE GPS FOR SOCCER NOW.
Yes, it’s true. The development of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has helped our everyday lives in numerous ways - including on the soccer field. When it comes to the soccer world, you’ll hear lots of different terms for it, such as: • GPS player tracking • Player performance tracking • GPS athlete monitoring • Sports performance tracking • GPS performance tracker
Whatever you want to call it, GPS systems are being used by soccer coaches across the globe to help them better prepare their athletes and improve their training sessions.
PLAYER TRACKING IS LIKE THE DASHBOARD IN YOUR CAR.
Here’s how it works. Athletes wear a small tracking device often held in a tight fitting compression shirt. Using similar GPS technology that helps you find your way to those away games, the device tracks all of the player’s movements during the game or practice session. The device and software takes all that complex information and provides you with an easy to read dashboard – just like the one in your car. It knows everything that is going on so it can give you, the
coach, an accurate picture for each player of what’s happening on the field.
TEAMS AT ALL LEVELS ARE USING PLAYER TRACKING.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the LA Galaxy or a local youth club, coaches at all levels are seeing the benefits of using soccer-specific GPS to monitor their athletes. Sure you can get a super-sophisticated system like the EPL or MLS teams are using - but they have strength and conditioning coaches and sports scientists on staff to figure out all the data. There are now GPS athlete monitoring systems that are specifically designed to show coaches exactly the information they need to know. No need for an advanced degree in sports science or human kinetics. Plus, they’re affordable for college, high school or youth club teams.
ATHLETE MONITORING OFFERS COACHES A WORLD OF INFORMATION.
Imagine for a minute that you could know the answers to questions like: • Is my player too fatigued after practice to be able to start the game tomorrow? • How much distance are my forwards covering when tracking back?
• Is my defender back to 100% after the injury? • Which player on my team has the quickest acceleration to be able to mark the opponent’s top scorer? • That collision looked bad. How bad was it? Using the data that GPS systems now offer coaches, they can answer these types of questions.
GPS IS A SOCCER COACH’S NEW BEST FRIEND.
Good coaches are always looking for ways to help their athletes develop and make their teams more successful. Introducing GPS athlete monitoring helps coaches get the most of out of their teams by: • Giving coaches hard data to help them structure training sessions that will best benefit their athletes • Helping to provide a return-to-play benchmark for injured athletes • Benefitting individual athlete development by highlighting specific opportunities for improvement • Providing player insights that help coaches make tactical decisions in-game
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