Firstbeat and Bertram Derthona Basket have agreed a new three-year partnership that will see the Italian basketball club utilize Firstbeat Sports’ advanced performance analytics with their first team squad as well as implement the system with their youth athletes.
The Serie A2 club will use Firstbeat Sports Premium and the Firstbeat Sports app and Sensor to help guide their training, recovery, and load decision-making. They join fellow basketball clubs using Firstbeat in Italy, including the Italian National Team, Reyer Venezia, Virtus Bologna, Pistoia Basket, Junior Pallacanestro Casale, Aurora Basket Jesi, Basket Bassano, Cestistica San Severo and Pallacanestro Vigarano.
Providing an in-depth yet easy to interpret picture of a player’s physiological response to training and games, Firstbeat Sports offers valuable information for coaches, technical staff and the athletes themselves, in real time and during post-session analysis.
Speaking about the new agreement, Bertram Derthona Basket General Manager, Ferencz Bartocci said: “Derthona Basket is committed, thanks to Gavio Group, main sponsor with Bertram Yachts, to important growth moving forward, including the construction of the news Cittadella dello Sport, property of Gavio family, and we want to make being a member of the staff or an athlete at the club more and more attractive. This is the aim of the the three-year agreement with Firstbeat, a company that from the first moment has allowed us to take a step forward in the physical management of our players.”
Matteo Viazzo, Firstbeat Sports Italy: “Derthona Basket is a club with great goals. I’m really proud that the club and its staff have chosen to use Firstbeat Sports’ advanced analytics in order to monitor training load and the recovery of their athletes. Firstbeat Sports’ system helps the team to maximize the physical potential of their roster and with our unique insights into recovery, we look forward to helping them reach their goals.”
Marco Ramondino, head coach: “When managing a group of professional athletes I believe it is increasingly important to use data to support the decisions for programming and managing load to reduce, if not eliminate, the “gut” decisions. It is essential to plan training in a functional way, modulating the work to make it more and more similar to what happens during the game. Firstbeat allows us to be better coaches and helps us to support and refute our decisions with data. In turn, this also increases the credibility of all the staff amongst the athletes.”
Gianluca Mazzoncini, first team physical coach:“In basketball it is important to evaluate both the recovery of the players and to know the range of possibilities available to improve the work in terms of the number of workouts and performance of each individual athlete. Firstbeat Sports is a tool that allows you to find the best compromise for the team. Thanks to the Club we have implemented the system by recording the data daily. This allows us to set the program moving forward.
“Recording at least four training sessions per week, we can define the internal load that the team has accumulated. I want to thank the Club, that allows me to have a person dedicated. As the plan to expand the data collection to the youth sector progresses, the aim is to create profiles for each individual athlete by collecting the data that reveals their sporting history within Bertram Derthona Basket.”
About Firstbeat: Firstbeat Sports is a single-platform athlete-monitoring solution that provides data on training load, intensity, fitness testing, performance readiness, stress, and recovery in one place. Over 23,000 athletes representing over 1,000 teams around the world rely on Firstbeat Sports for their advanced physiological metrics.
About Bertram Derthona Basket: Bertram Derthona Basket was founded in 1955. They are based in Tortona and currently compete in Serie A2 of the Italian basketball championship. They have previously won the Italian LNP Cup and LNP Super Cup and are currently coached by Marco Ramondino.
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