Firstbeat Technologies and ice hockey team Vaasan Sport have signed a three-year cooperation agreement. Vaasan Sport is a professional ice hockey team competing in the elite Finnish league, Liiga. The agreement sees Vaasan Sport investing in the development of both elite players and the U20 team using the Firstbeat Sports platform.
“It’s fantastic to be able to help Vaasan Sport make smarter training decisions and thereby accelerate player development and success,” commented Joel Wenning, Customer Success Manager for Firstbeat’s elite sports business.
“Particularly exciting in this collaboration is the use of the system for the U20 team as well. Investing in the athlete pathway is an important long-term investment. Firstbeat provides systematic information and support for players’ physical development as well as the physiological demands of different age stages, and can contribute to building the player’s path from a young athlete to a top-level hockey player,” Wenning added.
“We are very satisfied with our collaboration with Firstbeat and feel that we are gaining added value for coaching and player development support from the service. Data-based quality coaching is a significant aspect in this process that has now begun for us,” commented Herkko Koski, Vaasan Sport’s Sports Director.
“Using data allows us to understand individual player workloads and monitor development,” Koski continued.
Firstbeat Sports data has been used in ice hockey for over a decade, with over half of NHL franchises and several national federations utilizing the technology as part of their training and recovery guidance.
About Vaasan Sport
Vaasan Sport plays professional ice hockey in SM-liiga, the top-level professional ice hockey series in Finland.
Firstbeat provides advanced performance analytics for over 1,000 sports teams around the world. Firstbeat Sports is the leading athlete performance management platform, providing data on athlete training load, intensity, fitness, performance readiness, stress, and recovery to optimize performance, reduce injury risk, and fast-track athlete development.
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