Monitoring tool to optimise performanceSubscribe
Andy Probert 30 May 2001
A SIMPLE tool produced by the UK Sports Institute can help world class athletes monitor their own training programme and give them a greater understanding of how it impacts on their performance.
The self-monitoring tool will help athletes keep an accurate record of their training and lifestyle stresses with the aim of improving their understanding of the demands of being an elite athlete. For some sports, the tool could help identify factors such as over-training, otherwise known as under performance syndrome.
Initially the system will be available in a paper-based format but will be made available later this year through UKSI.net, a dedicated website for members of the elite sports community.
SCOTT DRAWER, Research Analyst at the UK Sports Institute, explained: "This self-monitoring tool takes about 20 seconds a day to complete and takes a holistic approach to an athlete’s lifestyle, training and competition demands, helping them and their coaches to effectively manage their development. This tool is part of a much larger monitoring process supporting athletes and coaches."
The self-monitoring tool has been developed after a number of sports identified it as an area of concern in post-Olympic meetings with UK Sport, the UK Sports Institute and the British Olympic Association. The system has been trialled and tested and, as more athletes recognise the advantages of self-monitoring, further advanced tools will be introduced.
Miriam Batten, Athlete Services Manager at the BOA, added: "We want the athletes to use the programme and find that it benefits them directly. We would like it to be used to help them achieve their day-to-day training goals."
Support teams and athletes from bobsleigh, canoeing and triathlon have already expressed an interest in the system.