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Technology in elite sport – where are we now? – Tom Allen, Arsenal FC

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Arsene Wenger used one word to describe how technology has developed within sport during his 22 years as Arsenal manager - “Incredible”. Arsenal Sports Scientist, Tom Allen, sees this daily and, in his presentation, described the changes over time - from a simple stopwatch, to thousands of data points that must be distilled into actionable information. Tom offered incredible insight into how one of the world’s most successful soccer clubs are making sure they use the right technology at the right time to get the right results. “Practitioners can have all the information in the world but the data itself won’t affect the outcome without building a rapport with people, and your own knowledge of the data," said Tom. "That is why it is paramount we’re able to find the signals within the noise and it is people like Firstbeat who can help us do this.”

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Technology in elite sport – where are we now? – Tom Allen, Arsenal FC

  1. 1. FIRSTBEAT HRV SUMMIT 2018 TECHNOLOGY IN ELITE SPORT WHERE ARE WE NOW? TOM ALLEN LEAD SPORTS SCIENTIST #HRVSUMMIT
  2. 2. AN INFLUX OF TECHNOLOGY #HRVSUMMIT GPS PRE + POST QUESTIONNAIRE TECHNICAL TACTICAL PHYSICAL PLAYER MEDICAL ANALYSIS DAILY MONITORING VIDEO TRACKING GYM LOAD SLEEP MONITORING HEART RATE ANALYSIS
  3. 3. THOUSANDS OF DATA POINTS… #HRVSUMMIT FOR ONE DAY… FOR ONE PLAYER… FROM ONE SOURCE… WITH MORE TECHNOLOGY BEING CREATED!
  4. 4. #HRVSUMMIT BE ABLE TO FILTER OUT THE SIGNAL FROM THE NOISE
  5. 5. TRAINING: “BACK IN THE DAY” #HRVSUMMIT “WHO NEEDS TECHNOLOGY…. WE JUST WORKED HARD IN MY DAY”
  6. 6. TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS US TO MEASURE THIS #HRVSUMMIT BUT HOW HARD? AND HOW THEY RESPOND!
  7. 7. THE INTRODUCTION OF “TECHNOLOGY” #HRVSUMMIT THE PEN AND PAPER APPROACH
  8. 8. THE INTRODUCTION OF “TECHNOLOGY” THE PEN AND PAPER APPROACH #HRVSUMMIT MOST SIMPLE FORM OF FEEDBACK DIFFICULTY WELLNESS SESSION RICH SOURCE OF INFORMATION TODAY IT IS STILL THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFORMATION THE RAPPORT BUILDER
  9. 9. THE INTRODUCTION OF “TECHNOLOGY” THE PEN AND PAPER APPROACH #HRVSUMMIT THE LINKS: WHAT WOULD A DIFFICULT SESSION LOOK LIKE LONGITUDINAL TRENDS OF PLAYERS LONGITUDINAL TRENDS OF THE TEAM
  10. 10. THE INTRODUCTION OF “TECHNOLOGY” THE STOPWATCH #HRVSUMMIT TIME THE RUNS TIME THE REST LINK WITH THE SELF REPORTED DATA
  11. 11. #HRVSUMMIT THE INTRODUCTION OF “TECHNOLOGY” HEART RATE MEASURING THE RESPONSE OF THE PLAYER THROUGH TECHNOLOGY CAN NOW SEE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE
  12. 12. #HRVSUMMIT THE INTRODUCTION OF “TECHNOLOGY” GPS BRINGING TOGETHER THE EXTERNAL + INTERNAL RESPONSES
  13. 13. TODAY: AN INFLUX OF TECHNOLOGY #HRVSUMMIT INFORMATIVE ACCURATE RELIABLE INFORMATION WITH SO MUCH DATA AVAILABLE DO PRACTITIONERS KNOW WHAT TO LOOK AT?
  14. 14. DECIDING ON THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION #HRVSUMMIT DETERMINE THE OBJECTIVES 1. REDUCE INJURY RISK 2. ENHANCE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE EVERYTHING WE LOOK AT IS AIMED TOWARDS THESE OBJECTIVES
  15. 15. WHAT MEASURES AFFECT THE OBJECTIVES #HRVSUMMIT A RESEARCH DRIVEN APPROACH STRESS! NUMBER OF WAYS OF MEASURING STRESS DETERMINE FROM OUR SOURCE OF DATA WHAT IS RELEVANT
  16. 16. MEASURING THE STRESS OF THE PLAYER #HRVSUMMIT TRANSFER A RANGE OF DATA SOURCES INTO A STRESS SCORE FOR THE INDIVIDUAL CANNOT JUST THROW DATA INTO AN ALGORITHM
  17. 17. STRESS BREAKDOWN #HRVSUMMIT SKELETAL CARDIOVASCULAR NEUROMUSCULAR METABOLIC PSYCHOLOGICAL KEY 5 4 3 2 1 4 3 3 2 3
  18. 18. STRESS BREAKDOWN #HRVSUMMIT CARDIOVASCULAR KEY 5 4 3 2 1 EX AL CL TE E1 E2 V1 VOL INT 2 3 3 2 1 2 2 1 1 4 1 2 3 3 1 3 2 5 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 1 1 2 3 3 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 4 5 VARIABLE CATEGORISING A RANGE OF VARIABLES TO PRODUCE A MORE COMPLETE PICTURE
  19. 19. #HRVSUMMIT SKELETAL CARDIOVASCULAR NEUROMUSCULAR METABOLIC PSYCHOLOGICAL KEY 5 4 3 2 1 LONGITUDINAL DATA 4 3 2 3 3 STRESS BREAKDOWN
  20. 20. #HRVSUMMIT A GRAPH THAT TELLS A STORY 2 KEY MEASUREMENTS MONITORING STRESS
  21. 21. #HRVSUMMIT LOAD 1,000s OF VARIABLES DIFFERENT SOURCES OF INFO TRACKED SCORE A GRAPH THAT TELLS A STORY MONITORING STRESS
  22. 22. #HRVSUMMIT WELLNESS 35 MEASUREMENTS TRACKED ALONGSIDE LOAD HOW IS THE PLAYER RESPONDING? BETTER THAN PREVIOUS WORSE THAN PREVIOUS A GRAPH THAT TELLS A STORY MONITORING STRESS
  23. 23. #HRVSUMMIT 1. LACK OF GAME TIME. REDUCED TRAINING DUE TO MUSCLE ISSUE. WELLNESS REDUCED 1 2. GAME TIME + FREQUENCY OF GAMES INCREASE  PLAYER ENTERS “OVERLOAD” 2 3. OVERLOAD CAUSES FATIGUE. PLAYERS PERCEPTION + WELLNESS REDUCED (COMMON SENSE) 3 A GRAPH THAT TELLS A STORY
  24. 24. #HRVSUMMIT THOUSANDS OF DATA POINTS SEVERAL MEASURES ONE PAGE OVERVIEW MONITORING STRESS
  25. 25. #HRVSUMMIT MONITORING STRESS THOUSANDS OF DATA POINTS SEVERAL MEASURES ONE PAGE OVERVIEW
  26. 26. #HRVSUMMIT THE PMI SYSTEM DATA HELPING US MAKE SMARTER DECISIONS
  27. 27. #HRVSUMMIT THE PMI SYSTEM DATA HELPING US MAKE SMARTER DECISIONS
  28. 28. #HRVSUMMIT INCREASE NEEDS AN OVERLOAD FRESH + OVERLOAD POOR WELLNESS + RECENT OVERLOAD THE PMI SYSTEM DATA HELPING US MAKE SMARTER DECISIONS
  29. 29. #HRVSUMMIT GOING INTO MORE DETAIL THE UNDERLYING DATA HIGHLIGHTS THE AREAS WE NEED TO TACKLE TO PREPARE THE PLAYER
  30. 30. #HRVSUMMIT GOING INTO MORE DETAIL SAME DRILL. WORK TO REST CHANGES HEART RATE RESPONSE
  31. 31. #HRVSUMMIT GOING INTO MORE DETAIL THE UNDERLYING DATA HIGHLIGHTS THE AREAS WE NEED TO TACKLE TO PREPARE THE PLAYER
  32. 32. #HRVSUMMIT WHERE ARE WE NOW?
  33. 33. #HRVSUMMIT THE LEVEL OF DETAIL WE CAN GO INTO ALLOWS US TO BREAK BOUNDARIES WE NEVER THOUGHT WERE POSSIBLE HOWEVER…
  34. 34. WE MUST REMEMBER WHICH DATA ASSISTS OUR OBJECTIVES #HRVSUMMIT
  35. 35. THE TECHNOLOGY AND DATA WILL NEVER AFFECT THE OUTCOME THE PEOPLE INTERPRETING THAT DATA WILL #HRVSUMMIT
  36. 36. THANKS FOR LISTENING @tallen_5 #HRVSUMMIT

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