If someone asked you whether your weekly or monthly workload is right for you, would you be able to answer without hesitation? Probably not if you don’t monitor your workload with sports tracking. Some periods of the season require tough training sessions, and some give you time to relax and not push yourself as much. Precision is of great importance here, that’s why you should always monitor your workload with sports tracking.
What is workload?
There are a few components determining an athlete’s workload. In brief, these are all the things you do during your training that make your heart beat faster. Your workload is based on the intensity and duration of your training. Running fast for a long period of time involves a bigger workload than slow jogging.
In the Sonda Sports system, there are a few stats that make up the workload. These are basically all movements performed with a lot of effort. They are recorded by the system as:
- Accelerations and decelerations
- High and very high intensity distance
- Repeated high intensity effort
- High intensity distance/total distance
- Player load
Workload is also about metabolic stats, which is metabolic power and high metabolic load distance. Both these parameters tell the user about the energy he or she has spent to perform a movement, a sprint for example.
Same data, different parameters
In sports tracking, the distance covered, speed, and heart rate play the biggest role. There is a number of parameters calculated on the basis of these basic statistics. Why is that, you may ask. Well, the devil is in the details. Your training doesn’t always look the same, does it? Since each training may involve different skills, the results should show it. Minor differences in these sports tracking parameters make big differences in the further analysis, which is the key to see progress or understand why you are not improving.
High intensity effort may strain the soft tissues of even advanced athletes. It’s important to know your limitations and avoid overloading weaker parts of your body, because this will most certainly lead to injuries. Luckily, workload tracking can help in injury prevention.