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Making the Most Out of SPT GPS For Your Sport

While it’s great to get your hands on piece of tech that gives you a full analysis of your games and training sessions, there’s more to using SPT GPS than merely looking at your GameTraka dashboard and seeing whether you ran further than you did in your last performance.

When we put the the SPT GPS platform together, we made sure to simplify it down to the metrics and features that would be most useful (and valid!) for a range of outdoor team sports.  But how can you get the most out of it for your team and your needs? Keep reading to get an idea of what key things to look out for when you’re on your home turf.

 

Football (Soccer)

What to track: Work Rate, Peak Velocity, Hard Running, Sprint Distance and Sprint Efforts
How to track for specific positions: Sprint Efforts (Attackers), Total Distance (Midfielders)
GPS tip: Modify small sided games to mimic match intensities. Use Work Rate as your guide.

 

Rugby

What to track: Impacts, Sprint Distance, Top Speed
How to track for specific positions: Sprint Efforts and Sprint Distance (Wings), Impacts (Lock and Hookers)
GPS tip: Assess the different needs of each position on the field. Ensure you are training the appropriate systems for each athlete, depending on their position and playing style.

 

Hockey

What to track: Total Distance, Work Rate, Hard Running, Sprint Distance
How to track for specific positions: Work Rate (Defenders), Sprint Efforts (Attackers)
GPS tip: Design training drills around the most intense periods of matches (for example, the most demanding 5 minute period of the second half)

 

Don’t stress if you’re still no data analytics expert….our in-house Sports Science Lab are available for a chat and can answer all  your GPS and Sports Science related questions. If your sport’s not listed above or if you’d like to take a deeper dive into the metrics, simply get in touch with our Sports Science Hotline and reach out to Ben on +613 9415 7466 or [email protected]

SPT Podcast EP #2: Georgia Black

In the second instalment of the SPT podcast, we introduce Georgia Black – a high performance expert and lecturer at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Georgia recently finished her Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Science, investigating the influence of physical qualities on activity profiles in female Australian football.

Ben chats to Georgia about activity profiles of sub-elite female AFL athletes, as well as their areas of development. Tune in to learn more about the application of GPS outputs for training and the importance of benchmarking athletes for talent ID across all sports.

SPT Podcast EP #1: Nick Leman

The SPT Podcast kicks off with Nick Leman.  As a triathlete, coach and advocate for GPS tech, Nick plays an active role in high performance, rehabilitation and return-to-play.  Highly experienced in the field, he heads the medical and sports science departments at Seattle Reign FC and was the former Rehab Physiotherapist at Melbourne City FC.  In his chat with Ben, Nick chats about injury prevention, the future of sports science, wearables in sports and so much more.

To learn more about Nick, catch him on www.nickleman.com or on Twitter @Nick_Leman_

 

 

4 Ways the GameTraka Mobile App Will Help Your Team Play Smarter This Season

Since the GameTraka platform was made available for smartphones, coaches and teams have enjoyed the perks of tracking GPS data in real-time.  Fitted with the features of the GameTraka website, the convenience of the mobile app has made training and playing so much more competitive and more insightful than ever before.

Coaches no longer have to wait until they’re in front of their laptops to see whether players are sticking to the game plan.  It’s a big advantage to watch live stats – it’s like having a personal sports scientist shed light on the things that are going well and which areas need work.

Aside from accessing the usual dashboard functions, there are a handful of reasons why teams have rated the mobile version of the app and shared it with their mates.  We’ve narrowed it down a select few that your team can use and apply straight away – regardless of how far you’ve gotten into your season.


1. See who’s performing at peak

Intensity is one of the biggest markers of player effectiveness.  By referring to KPIs like Work Rate, Top Speed and Sprint Efforts, teams have piece of mind that they have the right people in the right roles.  View metrics in order from highest to lowest and determine the appropriate volume of High Speed Distance for ‘top up running’ for subs.  And, if certain players are having a bad day, sit them the bench or remind them to pick up the pace so they reach their targets. 

 

2. Analyse quarters and halves

Split the differences between quarters and halves across a series of games or throughout a whole season.  Whether it’s football, rugby, hockey or gaelic football, it makes a difference to know whether your team start to lag during specific stages of a game.  By having the ability to compare live output with past performances, it’s possible to take corrective action before bad habits start to stick. 


3. Record feedback

It’s hard enough managing one player, let alone an entire team.  With the GameTraka mobile app, it’s easy to provide feedback, add notes and comment on individual player performances once they’re uploaded.  Save these for discussion at a later date so you can focus on winning a game or running a decent training session.  These are safely stored in the system, making it easy to track improvement over time.

 

4. Set benchmarks…and reach them!

After uploading your data, put athletes of similar ability side-by-side.  See who’s running faster and working smarter to make a play.  Why not view two individuals who are working in the same position and determine who’s fitter for the starting spots?  As you can see, this information goes beyond increasing the level of competition – it comes in handy for making better decisions on game day.  And when that siren rings, you can use the app to build an overall view of the performance picture so that you have a better plan of attack for your next training session.

 

The GameTraka app is made for iOS and Android devices. To check the full list of features and to get it for your device, head to GameTraka on the App Store or on Google Play. Remember to tell your friends and let us know what you think while you’re at it!