Football is a discipline characterized by acyclic and non-standard movements in changing conditions, with the body’s constant response to external stimuli. There are short-term efforts performed with high intensity, in which anaerobic processes predominate, and efforts of moderate and low intensity, where we see the dominance of aerobic processes. Rest breaks last from a few to several seconds. This type of effort requires from the player perfect preparation on various levels, including motor preparation. The above-average level of endurance, strength and speed dispositions allows for a more complete display of football skills during the game. How, however, should they be shaped in young players?
In the training of young people, an important role during the training process plays its control. Using GPS devices, we can constantly monitor the physical and physiological parameters of young players. When analyzing the collected data, however, we should remember that they reflect physical fatigue, which depends on many different factors, such as tactics, the level of the opponent’s play, or the current result of the match, which determines the majority of dependents. Appropriate mental preparation also plays an important role in youth sports. All these components, even taking into account the individual disposition of the day, contribute to the values achieved during exercise.
GPS systems allow you to optimize loads and shape specific motor skills and, importantly, reduce the risk of injury. Therefore, they have a very significant impact on making conscious decisions regarding the individualization of the training process. The insight into the values of the players obtained during the effort also allows us to assess the effectiveness of the previously performed work, and at the same time also influences the implementation of subsequent activities. Based on the results achieved, subsequent training cycles are planned, thus avoiding randomness, and focusing on the proper development of young athletes. Thanks to the wide range of available data, the coach can choose those that are of most interest to him in a specific case and will be used for further interpretation. The most valuable indicators include: the total distance covered, the amount of high-intensity work, the number of sprints, accelerations or decelerations.
The data obtained thanks to monitoring allow us to objectively assess the condition of players and to effectively and consciously influence their further actions. The feedback we get from the analysis of specific, planned activities allows coaches to evaluate their training workshop.
When using GPS devices in your work, it is important to properly manage and place them in the hierarchy of the training process and adapt to your own training scheme, because the continuous control of the player’s behavior gives the opportunity to present specific arguments constituting a description of the current form, and also allows you to look to the future.
By emphasizing the role of load monitoring in the process of long-term development of a player, the possibility of a progressive increase in training loads and the prevention of injuries is ensured. With the ever-increasing demands of the competition, injury prevention is extremely important at a young age.
Motivation for development
Importantly, the monitoring of loads and analysis of the collected data also fulfill the motivational aspect. The athletes’ insight into the results obtained makes them constantly develop and improve the indicators that differ from their colleagues. Being aware of the assessment, the approach of young athletes to their activity should be reliable, accurate and selfless.
By undertaking work with adolescents and, at the same time, using modern tools and digital technologies in our workshop, we can increase the work efficiency and effectiveness of our players. Everything is aimed at achieving your dream sports goals.