Kerry GAA first to introduce a fully-integrated GPS programme

Metrifit Athlete Monitoring System

SamMaguireCupGenericSportsfile_largeKerry has become the first county in Ireland to introduce a fully-integrated GPS programme for its entire senior football squad this season, measuring load and general wellness. Sports scientist Jason McGahan is doing a PhD at Cork IT on the data.

Elite GAA players may be at increased risk of over-training as they tend to play on multiple teams (club, college, county) and dual codes. Therefore the work being carried out this year with Kerry – monitoring training load and markers of wellness, using a subjective online player monitoring tool and objective GPS devices – will assist coaches to develop specific training programmes.

With the Athlete Monitoring tool ‘Metrifit’, data is entered before any scheduled activity, usually in private and at a constant time each morning. This online tool asks players to subjectively record training load on the previous day and to rate their wellness scores. Training load is calculated based on time spent in training/games multiplied by perceived intensity based on the rate of perceived exertion (RPE) scale

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Irish Examiner – May 22, 2015