Load Management: A Look Behind the Scenes at the Bundesliga Club With the Fewest Injuries
In the Bundesliga, 1. FC Union Berlin recently became the surprising leader. Union also impressed with another statistic recently: no team had fewer injury-related absences. Is that part of the secret of success?
During the 2021 – 22 season, 1. FC Union Berlin played internationally for the first time in club history. More than just a side note: despite the highly increased load, Union qualified for the UEFA Europa League while their players missed fewer days due to injury than those of all other Bundesliga clubs.
The Berlin club’s performance coach Martin Krüger explains his approach and how KINEXON’s player tracking facilitated the process.
The Fewest Days of Absence Due to Injury in the Bundesliga
Despite the unusual load playing in the UEFA Conference League, Union Berlin’s players only missed 785 days due to injury during the 2021 – 22 season: less than every other club in Germany’s 1. Bundesliga. Players on average took 26.17 days to recover from injury — another league-wide low.
In that category, Eintracht Frankfurt finished second (30.55 days). Martin Krüger, performance coach of Union’s first men’s team, attributed that partly to a new feature the club introduced at the beginning of the season.
Berlin’s Strategy: Lead Players to Peak Performance and Prevent Injuries at the Same Time
After Union’s youth teams had gained positive experience using the technology, the club also introduced the mobile, cloud and GPS-based KINEXON PERFORM GNSS for the club’s women’s and men’s 1st teams to collect load data of all players live. The goal: improving and professionalising the performance-data analysis process.
Considering Union’s limited financial resources, the club intended to lead its players systematically to their peak-performance level while preventing injuries as efficiently as possible. During an interview, Martin Krüger explains how KINEXON’s player tracking and metrics supported him to control the load and reduce risks of injuries.
Martin, during the 2021 – 22 season, Union’s Bundesliga pros tracked their training sessions with KINEXON for the first time. Which advantages did the data present to you as a performance coach?
Martin Krüger: It helps tremendously that I receive objective values. I don’t have to guess. Instead, it is written in cold print: how well did a player perform? What did he not do? After receiving those insights, I can increase or decrease the load during our sessions.
The so-called PERFORM GNSS system by KINEXON provides over 200 metrics. Which ones do you use?
Krüger: I like to focus on basic metrics: sprints, high-intensity runs, total distance covered, duration, and heart rate over 90% HRmax. In competitive sports, I do not need to know how long a player performed under 50 per cent stress. What interests me is how long a player works at maximum load.
Can you give an example of how you use a specific metric and which advantage that presents?
Krüger: Let’s take sprints and maximum speed: as shown in several studies, the best injury prevention strategy is to reach your top speed at least once in seven days. That is a critical metric. Analysing ACWR, the Acute Chronic Workload Ratio, sprints and high-intensity runs give the highest input on muscular load.
The output means injury or not. Hence, I ensure we don’t do too much or little in that respect. There is a range which players need to work within. For this, data helps tremendously. We use that to manage the load
What is the procedure?
Krüger: Via the KINEXON Sports App, I define goals and, during training sessions, monitor if players reach their individual goals. With metrics like maximum speed, I also need the players’ and physiotherapists’ feedback. During massages, they feel if muscles are a little tight. After receiving the feedback, I look closely at the data once more and check whether it has been a bit much for the player.
Then, we talk: “How are you? Do you feel tired? Are you not feeling well“. The moment a player agrees, he’s not making any sprints that day.
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Experience Tool Control and More at the Assembly Show!
The 10th annual Assembly Show is returning to Chicago in a month’s time, and were thrilled to be a Silver Sponsor of this year’s event! Thousands of attendees and exhibitors are coming together to showcase the latest and greatest in technology, equipment and products.
Key takeaways from IMTS 2022
IMTS 2022 — what a show for the future of manufacturing! The KINEXON team had an incredible time introducing our real-time location technology solutions to many of the over 95,000 attendees and exhibitors in Chicago at the biggest manufacturing trade show in the Western Hemisphere. Here are the 3 key themes we took away from IMTS.
European League of Football and KINEXON Launch Partnership
In cooperation with the European League of Football, KINEXON’s LPS system will be used for live player tracking in American Football at the upcoming Championship Game in Klagenfurt. The European League of Football also aims to further enhance the fan experience with live stats at the highest level.
Why you need RTLS solutions on your assembly lines
Precision, quality, and speed are key factors for fast-paced manufacturing industries. In the automotive industry alone, a production stop of just a minute can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and automated tool control is a powerful solution to address challenges in automotive assembly. This is the second part of a three-part series exploring the potential of automated tool control for the automotive industry, based on an interview Assembly Magazine conducted with KINEXON. In the second part of the series, we outline why RTLS solutions are the clear choice for the automotive industry. Enjoy the read and stay tuned throughout the series for valuable insights on all things tool control.
Official Match Balls With Integrated Tracking Sensor - What Do They Deliver That No Other Technology Can?
To take a very close look at every action on the pitch, field or court in professional sports, data collection nowadays relies on countless technologies. In the midst of all these, there are new players: official match balls with an integrated tracking sensors for live tracking. FIFA has tested this technology extensively. The result: Balls with tracking sensors offer exclusive added value.
Understanding Women-Specific Requirements in Professional Sports
Regardless of your sex, athletes deserve the same treatment; but in this case, equality means to differentiate in the ways athletes need to be trained to perform at their best.
We closed our season-kickoff webinar series with a topic that’s particularly important to us right now — namely, what specific requirements do women have?
The Impact of Ball Data on Physical, Tactical, and Technical Performance Evaluation
In combination with player tracking, the measured physical load and athletic performance of players can be evaluated in context of football-specific situations. Thus, it is possible to also assess tactical and technical data in comprehensive context. Some examples: How fast does a player run with the ball? How is a team controlling space? What’s the shot speed?
3 Key Features of Automated Container Management
No production or logistics operations function without the extensive use of containers or load carriers. Manufacturers rely on thousands of containers to push materials and products through the supply chain. When a single container arrives at its destination late, at the wrong cycle, or carrying the wrong materials, it can bring the production line process to a standstill. Automated container management solutions overcome this challenge and benefit the entire intralogistics and assembly process — by guaranteeing an optimized and efficient material supply.
Your 5 Step Guide to Automation with Location Data
WHY AUTOMATE? For leading automotive supplier Continental, the driving reasons behind their push for a smart factory included cost savings and increased efficiency, two far-reaching business-critical metrics. First and foremost, Continental wanted to automate and optimize repetitive manual processes and routines to increase production speed and quality. They identified the handling of material across their production as a key area for improvement.
Optimizing Order Processing in Production and Intralogistics
Navigating orders successfully and accurately through complex production and intralogistics processes is no small feat. Today, more often than not, orders and materials get lost in transit, don’t get processed through all necessary steps, wait in buffer and storage areas for too long, or just don’t get to their intended workstation in time. This creates inefficiencies in areas such as assembly, quality control, and inventory management, just to name a few. And despite this being both a major efficiency as well as a productivity challenge, many manufacturers don’t have accurate data about their processes as well as their bottlenecks. This is where automated order management solutions come in.
Why you need tool tracking in the automotive industry
Precision, quality, and speed are key factors for fast-paced manufacturing industries. In the automotive industry alone, a production stop of just a minute can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and automated tool control is a powerful solution to address challenges in automotive assembly. This is the first part of a three-part series exploring the potential of automated tool control for the automotive industry, based on an interview Assembly Magazine conducted with KINEXON. In the first part of the series, we focus on understanding the why of tool tracking in the automotive industry. Enjoy the read and stay tuned throughout the series for valuable insights on all things tool control.
Ball Tracking: From Subjective Impressions to Objective Measures
As the world’s only tracking provider to offer sensor technology that can be integrated into official football & handball match balls, KINEXON is able to provide real-time positions and inertial data (impacts and spin rate) of the ball with accuracy down to the centimeter. This automated ball tracking and analytics by KINEXON transforms subjective impressions to objective measures.
How to Return to Action After Pregnancy
Return to play is usually associated with a comeback from injury. Hardly anybody used to talk about the road back after pregnancy. That perception is shifting. More and more female athletes choose to give birth during their careers and make their experiences public. Plus, player and performance tracking can function as an essential tool for female athletes during their journey to return to action. KINEXON aims to give needed support.
Manufacture more with less at IMTS with KINEXON
After nearly two years of virtual meetings, the industry-leading IMTS and its co-located Hannover Messe USA are events you won’t want to miss. With over 2,000 exhibitor booths and an expected 100,000+ attendees from 115 different countries coming to Chicago, IL from September 12 – 17, the show promises to bring together the best and brightest in manufacturing. Our team of IoT experts from KINEXON will be at the show to help you harness the power of industrial process automation.
Hands-on Approach: Sports Data Campus to Use KINEXON’s Analysis to Train Talents in Big Data and Sports Technology
Sports Data Campus – a place where professionals in the field of big data and technologies in sports have joined forces at the international level – aims to provide world-class education specializing in advanced analytics in football.