Practitioner usage, applications, and understanding of wearable GPS and accelerometer technology in team sports

Dawson, Laura, Mcerlain-naylor, Stuart, Devereux, Gavin and Beato, Marco (2024) Practitioner usage, applications, and understanding of wearable GPS and accelerometer technology in team sports. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. ISSN 1064-8011

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Monitoring training load is essential for optimizing the performance of athletes, allowing practitioners to assess training programs, monitor athlete progress, and minimize the risk of injury and overtraining. However, there is no universal method for training load monitoring, and the adoption of wearable global positioning system (GPS) and accelerometer technology in team sports has increased the volume of data and therefore the number of possible approaches. This survey investigated the usage, applications, and understanding of this technology by team sports practitioners. Seventy-two practitioners involved in team and athlete performance monitoring using GPS and accelerometer technology completed the survey. All respondents reported supporting the use of GPS technology in their sport, with 70.8% feeling that GPS technology is important for success. Results showed 87.5% of respondents use data from wearable technology to inform training prescription, while only 50% use the data to influence decisions in competition. Additionally, results showed GPS metrics are used more than accelerometer-derived metrics, however both are used regularly. Discrepancies in accelerometer usage highlighted concerns about practitioners’ understanding of accelerometer-derived metrics. This survey gained insight into usage, application, understanding, practitioner needs, and concerns and criticisms surrounding the use of GPS and accelerometer metrics for athlete load monitoring. Such information can be used to improve the implementation of this technology in team sport monitoring, as well as highlight gaps in the literature that will help to design future studies to support practitioner needs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: GNSS, training load, athlete monitoring, coaching, wearable technology
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Marco Beato
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2024 15:03
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2024 09:12

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