Importance Of Self-Monitoring For The Athlete
In terms of training methods, when you think of modern sports teams and athletes, you may allude to the “entourage” of different coaches involved with performance, e.g. nutritionists, strength and conditioning coaches, psychologists etc. However, when it comes to monitoring performance, sometimes it’s the athlete that is the most important coach.
We all know that the monitoring of an athlete is an extremely important and effective method of assessing where he/she currently is at in terms of their mental, physical or competitive state and how improvements can be made.
Accurately monitoring an athlete’s training load, intensity or volume is one important factor for performance and future preparation, as discussed by Coutts, Wallace & Slattery with the Australian Sports Commission. It can also provide information about acute responses to training and competitions.
Monitoring an athlete’s lifestyle is just as important an aspect in determining athletic performance – sleeping patterns, diet, hydration, readiness to train, recreation, etc. According to Coaching Ireland, the role that an athlete’s lifestyle can have on their performance should never be underestimated, and a more structured approach to lifestyle factors may often be required. Yet, giving the athlete an active role in this monitoring process can add certain improvements to overall performance.
Empowering an athlete with the tools to monitor and record their training / lifestyle habits allows the athlete to have better autonomy for making choices, develop higher levels of motivation, develop solutions to enhance their own performance, develop increased player engagement, develop better communication and competence (Kidman 2005, Sheridan & Michael P., 2009).
So it is imperative that when using this athlete-centred approach, the athlete stays disciplined and continues to develop a positive routine – “If you do not consciously form good habits, you will unconsciously form bad ones.”
In this instance, a tool such as Metrifit would be ideal for an athlete if he/she wishes to record their own data. Using Metrifit is a good way of empowering athletes with the skills to self-record results.
“Everyone has the will to win, it’s only those with the discipline to prepare that actually win”
Bobby Knight NCAA Basketball Coach
Metrifit is an athlete monitoring system that gathers subjective and objective information from both coaches and athletes in a simple but effective manner with intelligent visualization helping coaches and athletes to act on that data. Why not have a look at our Ready to Perform product and gain insight on the physical and mental state of your athletes through our daily wellbeing questionnaire? To find out more visit our Metrifit Product Overview page or get in touch for a free demo.
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