Netballers to get networked and analysed to optimise performance

The Central Pulse will adopt an athlete monitoring and analysis system

Wellington based netball team, The Central Pulse, is to adopt an athlete monitoring and analysis system from Wellington-based company VX Sport in a bid to better prepare the team for the ANZ Premiership netball season.

According to Netball Central, the recent release of an indoor tracking system by VX Sport has created the opportunity for the partnership, and The Central Pulse will be one of the first teams anywhere in the world to use the system.

The VX Sport technology collects physical data on athletes’ heart and breathing rates from VX sensors in vests and other worn devices to monitor performance and intensity levels and then analyses the data.

According to the company’s web site the system “draws on physical and readiness data, aggregates this data into the handful of metrics required in your daily decision-making and then gives you the tools to analyse and plan over time. The VX System supports you in creating a cycle of growth and development, optimising the performance of each athlete in the team.”

VX Sport says more than one million data points are collected in a typical 90 minute training session for a single athlete and these are used to calculate into high intensity distance, number of sprints, accelerations, heart rate zones, body forces, metabolic power and more. In addition, athletes self report their daily sleep, nutrition, soreness and stress levels into the VX mobile application.

The company claims “Studies have shown that our system can reduce injuries by 36 percent. The cost of an athlete missing training or matches due to an injury is remarkable.”

VX Sport’s sports performance director, Jamie Tout, said: “We’re trying to measure work load in both training and play. Through knowing the load, we can manage the risk of injury and optimise how hard athletes are training, so they end up training like they’re playing.”

The Central Pulse trainer and conditioner, Adam Allen, said: “The monitors will add clarity to what they’re actually doing. The major benefits we will get out of using these tracking systems is a greater understanding of the training loads and match loads and making sure they’re actually related in the sense that we’re not over-training or under-training for matches.”

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