AFL’s Sydney Swans Confirms Three-Year Partnership with Firstbeat Sports

Dec 18 2023 in News

Sports Coaching

The Sydney Swans have entered a three-year partnership with Firstbeat Sports which will see them utilize the athlete performance management platform for its professional men’s team.

Having already established its expertise with other AFL teams, the 2023-24 season will mark the first time that the Sydney Swans use the Firstbeat platform as a new Premium+ customer. On the partnership, Drew Arthurson, Chief Operating Officer at the Sydney Swans says:

“The Sydney Swans made an intentional decision to deploy Firstbeat for its men’s professional team in the 2023-24 season, to provide the Club with real-time data on internal load and help inform its decision-making in terms of player management.”

Firstbeat’s internal load data offers coaches a detailed overview of training load, providing a more in-depth understanding of the physiological stress experienced by athletes during training sessions. This quantitative data not only gauges the effectiveness of training but is particularly crucial in the context of the demanding physiological requirements of AFL.

Firstbeat’s Director of Professional Sports, Veli-Pekka Kurunmäki said the following regarding the partnership with Sydney Swans:

“We are delighted to have Sydney Swans onboard as a Firstbeat Sports user with this three-year partnership. There has been an increasing interest for accurate and actionable physiological data among professional teams in 2023 and that’s our specialty. The physiological requirements in AFL are extremely high and with Firstbeat’s Premium+ package we can provide our full range of tools to support training load, recovery, and physiological performance management.”

About Sydney Swans

The Sydney Swans are a professional Australian rules football club based in Sydney, New South Wales. The men’s team competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), and the women’s team in the AFL Women’s (AFLW).

About Firstbeat

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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