SURPASSPORT makes use of a tried and tested workload consistency measure used by elite coaches all over the work as an indicator of an athlete's resilience to injury. Workload monitoring is very relevant to juvenile athletes, especially when they start playing for their school, when club teams add weekly training and when they start playing competitively.
There has been a marked increase in soft tissue and skeletal injuries in young people within a generation, often compounded with pressure to perform exerted on an adolescent mind.
Academic studies have highlighted many contributing factors, including a marked increase in our sedentary behaviour; increase in local traffic levels impacting walking, cycling and outdoor play; and a general reduction on 'free' time increasing the intensity of activities undertaken.
Stronger players are vulnerable to overplaying, as they are often "first picks" and are requested to support older teams, especially in smaller clubs. Less skilled players are equally vulnerable when they miss training and conditioning sessions, especially when they then push themselves at competition.
Participation in structured sport can only be encouraged, but doing right by the player requires that the coaching team have a grounding in sports science, are familiar with best practice and constantly monitor each player individually. SURPASSPORT makes this much easier and always presents the Workload Score where the player is listed in the App.
Workload scoring is used by elite coaches all over the world and is an indicator of consistency and therefore resilience to injury. It is not the only measure, but it is important, easily understood and using SURPASSPORT, is relatively easy to measure and monitor.
The Workload Score is based on activity information recorded on the SURPASSPORT platform. The Acute / Chronic Workload Ratio (A/CWR) is the basis of this score and is a measure of how consistent the current week's activity workload is when compared to the average of the last four.
SURPASSPORT uniquely scores workload from across all activities that the child is involved in, across teams, clubs and school.
The Workload Score dial shows when the score indicates green when there is good consistency, amber when there is an elevated risk of injury and red when these risks become significant and require further attention.
High levels may arise after an injury or illness, inter-season breaks, holidays or due to additional activities that move the child well beyond their normal levels. It is at this point that the coaching team should actively review the athletes circumstances and to engage with the parents to establish a programme of activity to rebalance the child's workload.
The more complete the activity record, the more accurate the score calculations will be, informing training and match preparation. While it's very easy for a parent to record activities from other teams, why not recommend that coach to join SURPASSPORT and their activity will automatically feed into the Workload Score. The coach and their team will also benefit from deeper insights and easier team management too.
Two week visibility of upcoming activities, making weekends easier
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