In this series, we’ll be introducing you to some of the 23,000+ athletes taking advantage of the Firstbeat Sports solution to monitor training and recovery. We’ll get an athlete’s personal view of how they use Firstbeat in their sport and will learn more about their sporting achievements and ambitions.
Name: Jade Moore
Team(s): Orlando Pride, England Lioneness’s
Firstbeat Sports technology used: Firstbeat Sports and Firstbeat Sports iPhone app
How long have you been using Firstbeat Sports as part of your training?
I have previously used Firstbeat Sports with the England Women’s national team but recently began using it again since the start of the UK lockdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What does a typical training week look like for you?
I have tried as much as possible to keep my training days in lockdown the same as they would be with the team so that when I’m back training with my club my body will be ready. My current routine means I have two rest days per week (Wednesday and Sunday) and train every other day.
What Firstbeat metrics or features are you using most to support performance and recovery?
I love using the Quick Recovery Test to see if it reflects how my body feels physically. And, when I’m training, I like to see the heart rate zone data to see if my session incorporated what I needed to hit that day and, if it didn’t, I know I have to work harder. I also love the post-session feedback it gives.
Are there specific numbers you try to achieve when it comes to minutes in specific heart rate zones?
That all depends on the session type. So, if I have an intense day, I would like bespending some decent minutes in the red and orange (heart rate) zones but if I’m having a lighter day I would be aiming to be in the yellow zone.
Do you use the Firstbeat Sports app’s Quick Recovery Test feature?
Yes. I like to use it when I’m not feeling too good. Just to see whether it reflects how I feel.
How does the Firstbeat data in general impact your decisions during or after training?
Usually it will confirm a good workout but there are instances where, if I haven’t been hitting certain zones, I know that tomorrow is going to be hard or I need to rethink my sessions.
You are also a graduate sports therapist. Is the internal load data something you’re naturally interested in? Are more players in general taking an interest in data like this?
Yes. I like to see this kind of information and after using Firstbeat I have become even more of a data lover.
I have played with players that love to know that side of things but also many that aren’t interested. I can say that the “sweet spot” gets spoken about much more now and training is tapered to individuals rather than a team focus, which I think is much better.
You have just moved clubs. What are your ambitions for the season at club and international level?
Moving to the Orlando Pride is an exciting yet challenging adventure for me going across the pond. It’s a new experience that I can’t wait to start. Right now, on a personal level, I’m craving some continuity with playing as I’ve struggled through injuries for the past few seasons.
For the club, I want success and success over there means winning. As for the interntional level, because of the change in schedule I’m going to be pushing for the Olympic squad and the home Euros in 2022.
Finally, what is your biggest accomplishment in soccer to date? And your future goal.
Right now, winning our (England Women’s national team) bronze medal in the 2015 World Cup as we were never expected to go out there and do so well. My future goal is to win a domestic league title as it’s something I’ve yet to achieve in my career.
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