Data in sport
What does sports data mean for daily sports practice? Many of the current apps and bracelets still make too little use of personal information. Apps and bracelets are regularly sold or end up in the trash bin. This is because these products do not respond well to the wishes of the user. Trends show that more and more data is being used. However, too little is being done with it. It is precisely this information that can be used for targeted coaching.
Data can not only be used to specifically motivate athletes, but also to prevent injuries. This also applies to cyclical sports. Cyclical sports are sports in which you have to get from A to B as quickly as possible. Data can play a major role in preventing injuries. Because these athletes train a large number of times a week, the chance of injuries is increased. Coordinating training and rest moments can be made possible by using data.
The use and maintenance of data in the sports world is relatively new. It sometimes seems that this has been done for years, but it is not. This is a recent development in professional football. Three years ago, Manchester City became champion in the Champions League. That club said it was because they had analyzed the data from the training sessions and matches.
For example, Wearables can help track players in the field. These are becoming more sophisticated and are even integrated into player uniforms! Coaches can already check the fatigue and hydration levels of players. They do this on the basis of a Body Impedance Analysis (BIA) scale. As the wearables become smarter, the safety and performance of players will also be monitored, analyzed and improved.