Monitoring Player Readiness

At the moment, I’m in the middle of developing a readiness profile for each player using a battery of tests. It started very rudimentary but is evolving rapidly each week based on discussions with other professionals, examination of existing research on the topic, better use of our current technology and adding new high and low tech systems and processes as I learn more. Right now, I’m using a host of things to monitor physical load (I’ll get in to this in a later post). It’s necessary to not place all your eggs in one basket because single assessments may not give a complete picture and in some cases, it is logistically impossible to obtain all data for every player every day. And a single lost data point, if you’re only relying on one or two, could completely undermine what you’re trying to accomplish. So the trick is in utilizing multiple sources of information to ensure you have what you need and then putting them all together in a manner that works for you.

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Mike Young

Director of Performance at Athletic Lab
Mike is the Head Fitness Coach for the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC. He is also the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He previously served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.