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    Change of speed in numbers – why and how to keep track

    Ula Zywer

    Marketing Specialist

    An athlete moves on the pitch almost constantly, changing only his speed. We see a player accelerating from slow walking to a sudden sprint within seconds during the game and training sessions. Since these rapid changes cost a lot of effort and might be straining, they should be monitored with the use of GPS sports tracking.

    Monitoring speed – GPS tracking

    GPS has been used for a while now and people still come up with new ideas for using it. It’s widely popular among athletes. Can you imagine runners or cyclists not knowing what distance they covered? Team sports coaches see the need of tracking their teams and they use GPS trackers to accomplish that. Thanks to GPS, they know exactly what distance was covered by their players, what speed they reached, and how many times they sprinted.

    Accelerations & sprints

    Sprints are a huge part of football and rugby. If it wasn’t for sprints, no football player would be able to reach his opponent and no rugby player would chase the ball down the pitch. It is necessary to incorporate sprints into training, but also to control them. Most people believe that the faster and longer the sprint, the better. Well, it’s not necessarily true. Sprints should be performed in a fast pace, but there are certain limits an athlete should not overcome. There’s a belief that if someone doesn’t constantly exceed their limits, they show weakness and lack of determination, but common sense is more important than certain convictions. Sure, pushing your speed limit is important on the pitch. How else would you get better? But no one can do it all the time, in every training session. Working hard constantly can do you no good, because your muscles, tendons, and ligaments don’t have time to rebuild. With every next training they get more tired and weaker, which eventually may lead to an injury.

    Decelerations

    You can see this situation on the pitch at every game you watch. After a fast run there’s a sudden deceleration to a jog. Do you think that this slow running matters? It sure does. Although this is a rather calm movement, it should not be too calm in order to keep the player ready for any new situation on the pitch. However, it should also not be too excessive, because it’s simply impossible to keep up a high speed for the whole game. This deceleration should be considered as active rest, not causing exhaustion, but keeping the heart rate up. Both speed and heart rate (correlated) should be monitored. After all, you want to improve more than just the speed of your sprint, but also your efficiency in general.

    Don’t cross the line – monitor your workload with sports tracking

    An athlete’s body should be able to adapt to rapid changes of speed and these accelerations and decelerations should not be too tiring. Keeping track with sprints is just as important as monitoring general effort. After all, training should lead to improving both these aspects, and many more! It would be impossible to tell if there’s any progress if the effort was not monitored. Sports tracking system paired with a heart rate monitor reveals all the information about the body’s reaction to a certain workload.

    Ula Zywer

    Marketing Specialist

    Former horse rider, currently obstacle runner, at Sonda Sports responsible for Social Media and Content Marketing

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