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Monitoring of Training Load and Its Comparability With Match Data

Some training methods commonly used in football do not reflect the full external and internal load of a real match under competition conditions. KINEXON tracking systems are able to effectively monitor training loads and compare them with competition data. 

MunichApr 19, 2022

Training loads and fatigue parameters after athletic competitions among the most important aspects of sports preparation

For Matthew Buckthorpe, a lecturer in the Department of Sport, Allied Health and Performance Science at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, England, planning effective training loads and monitoring fatigue parameters after athletic competitions are among the most important aspects of sports preparation. 

According to him, they are essential for training adaptations and thus for improving athletic performance. Hence, it has long been common knowledge that moderate to high training loads can improve athletes’ performance and prevent injuries. For example, if athletes are not regularly exposed to high sprint loads, they are at increased risk for muscle and tendon injuries during fast and sudden sprints in competitions. 

Commonly used training methods in football may not reflect full match load

In a recent scientific study, Guilherme de Sousa Pinheiro, Sports Science Consultant at KINEXON and member of a chair in performance analysis and sports informatics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and his research team investigated the hypothesis that some training methods commonly used in football may not reflect the full external and internal load of a real match under competitive conditions. 

Therefore, load values collected through data tracking from different training games of a team were compared to the load values of competitive football matches of the same team. The results of this study show that especially small-sided games, which are common in elite football practice, cannot be equated with the demands of a proper competition in terms of physical performance without any doubt. This also makes it impossible to assess whether these forms of training are beneficial or even counterproductive in reducing the risk of muscle and tendon injuries.

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How can training load effectively be monitored and compared with match data?

KINEXON knows a solution here. Our tracking systems are able to effectively monitor training demands and compare them with competition data. Consequently, it is constantly checked whether a training program has factually replicated the physical demands of a sporting competition. Weaknesses and differences can thus be quickly identified, and the training adapted. This ensures that the load control in each training session is true to the competition. On top of that, our unique ball tracking technology brings a completely new quantitative and qualitative level of tactical analysis of players and teams — for connected and intelligent use in training and matches. 


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