Sports Podcast - Episode 7published 19 Aug 2019

Using data to start key discussions with your athletes – with Jen Mavis, UMBC Soccer – Ep. 7

Welcome to the Firstbeat Sports Podcast where we talk with coaches and sports scientists to explore the latest in performance monitoring and how it is making a difference in NCAA and pro sports alike. We’re going to connect you with practical advice from the best in the business to help you take your athletes to the next level. 

On the line today is Jen Mavis. Jen is Assistant Coach and Director of Camps and Clinics for UMBC Women’s Soccer. She has previously held positions at William & Mary and the University of Oklahoma. 

Topic discussed in this episode: 

  • The fundamentals of a successful soccer program? 
  • Building trust between coaches and athletes 
  • The growth of exercise science in soccer 
  • The ‘student’ element of a student-athlete 
  • Combining objective and subjective data 
  • Preventing soft tissue injuries

Timestamps

  • How Jen ended up at UMBC (1:05)
  • The fundamentals for a successful college soccer program (1:40)
  • Today’s student athletes vs when Jen was playing (2:27)
  • Jen’s main coaching philosophies (3:32)
  • Learning from mistakes to improve coaching (4:55)
  • How college soccer has changed (6:08)
  • Should the NCAA change the substitution rule? (7:34)
  • Rapid fire questions (9:40)
  • How UMBC Women’s Soccer use Firstbeat Sports (10:58)
  • How UMBC apply Firstbeat’s Quick Recovery Test with their athletes (11:41)
  • Athlete buy-in (13:40)
  • HR data vs RPE questionnaire (16:11)
  • Using sports technology with the new generation of athletes (18:05)
  • Making training decisions from Firstbeat Sports data (18:32)
  • TRIMP scores for different player positions (20:08)
  • Weekly TRIMP scores UMBC aim for (21:05)
  • Preventing soft-tissue injuries (22:20)
  • The future of soccer in the U.S. (23:18)

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