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22.04.2015

Version 4.6 for SPORTS Team and SPORTS Individual software has been released today. The update will happen automatically when the computer is connected to the internet. Installation packages for manual update available here.

Changes and new features in SPORTS 4.6:

  • Support for the new Firstbeat Textile Belt memory feature (BM-CSP8EU/US)
  • New firmware version 1.9 for Firstbeat Team Receivers (RTX4EU/US)
    • Receiver firmware can be updated for RTX4 receivers via real time monitor and then following instructions on the screen. The update Improves communication between Firstbeat Team Receiver and the computer.
  • Improvements / Bug corrections:
    • Movescount loading problems fixed
    • Add new devices automatically during monitor session problem fixed
    • Support for 8-digit belt ID
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20.04.2015

Janne Miettinen from Aikasyke, a Finnish company specialized in athletes’ fitness testing, is monitoring the training load and recovery of the players in Finnish national ice hockey team with Firstbeat SPORTS. The team is currently preparing for the IIHF World Championships on 1st-17th of May in Czech Republic.

The team is getting ready for the World Championships on a several weeks training camp including rehearsal games against other national teams. Kari Jalonen, Head Coach of the team, thinks that monitoring the players’ training load and recovery is a very important part of the team’s intensive training period. Also the team doctor Harri Hakkarainen wants to see how the players recover.

- We are interested in finding out the share of stress and recovery in a player's day. It is crucial that for example when going to bed the body starts to recover as soon as possible. If the HRV measurement reveals stress during the night sleep, the body is not recovering from the day in an optimal way. It is normal to have one or two nights in a week with a more poor recovery but if the whole week on a training camp consists of “red” nights, it usually is a signal of overtraining state, flu or something else that overloads the body, Hakkarainen explains. 

Defenceman Topi Jaakola with the Bodyguard 2 measurement device
(image: leijonat.fi)


In addition to the coaching team and medical specialists, also the players give credit to the Firstbeat solution. 

- It is extremely interesting to learn how I’m recovering from training. Monitoring heart rate variability provides tools to reconsider my actions – what I could do better, what works and what doesn’t, Topi Jaakola, a defenceman of the team, notes. 

Jaakola is familiar HRV measurement since his training load and recovery have been monitored already for over a year now, not only with the national team but also with his club Jokerit Helsinki.

References: leijonat.fi, aikasyke.fi

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15.04.2015

The staff members of the Federation of Finnish Financial Services were provided with Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment in fall 2013 and again with a follow-up measurement a year later.

During the first Lifestyle Assessment, the staff members reported feeling well in general. The effects of set action points were illustrated with a follow-up measurement.

- It seems that even if our personnel are experiencing work-related stress, they also know how to relax at appropriate times. Lifestyle Assessment provided tips on how the employees can affect their coping, explains Taina Ahvenjärvi, Development and Administration Manager of the Federation of Finnish Financial Services.

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