American professional soccer club Real Salt Lake, the champion of the MLS in 2009 have applied many years’ heart-rate information and especially Training Effect to track players’ physiological loading during the team practice.
“I rely on Firstbeat Training Effect (TE) data on a daily basis to make sure RSL players are getting the correct training load for a given day. Further away from match day I like to see higher TE numbers to facilitate increased fitness levels. The closer we get to a match the lower the TE numbers get to ensure we have fresh players for the game.“
–Dan Barlow, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Real Salt Lake
See examples below on individual player’s heart rate data from hard training (TE 3.6) and from easier training (TE 2.5). Having longer recovery breaks keeps the EPOC accumulation (red curve) down causing lower score in Training Effect scaled from 1.0 to 5.0.
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