Head Coach John Marovich talks about how he and his staff at Valparaiso University have utilized cutting-edge sports monitoring technology from Firstbeat over the past 18 months to help student athletes in women’s soccer reach their full potential.
In the context of the 4-month NCAA playing season, he highlights the challenges of planning training efforts in a way that ensures athletes are peak-performance ready at just the right time. Taking a data-fueled approach has allowed him to increase both the efficiency with which players train and the team’s overall potential on the field.
He also describes how the ability to access EPOC scores and TRIMP values, made available through Firstbeat’s heartbeat analytics, hold the keys to training load management. This information is then supplemented with data from HRV-based recovery testing, which is used to guide a productive balance between exertion and recovery.
The result is an efficient and effective scientifically grounded approach for optimized training, reduced injury risks, and faster player development.
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