It’s a player’s worst nightmare – a spell on the sidelines due to injury.
Obviously you want to be back in action as quickly as possible, but jumping the gun or doing too much too soon often leads to exasperating the current problem or creating new injuries.
If you’re returning from a lengthy layoff it’s important to manage your workload otherwise you’ll be back in the treatment room sooner than you think. So how do you know if you’re on the road to recovery?
The numbers never lie.
Returning from injury will certainly require the hard yards, and while it can be gruelling, there’s no better indicator than distance covered to see if you’re back to peak fitness. PlayerTek records how far you’ve ran during a training session, and with players roughly getting through seven to 10 kilometres per game, you can put faith in the figures.
Overtraining or undertraining will only prolong your absence from the teamsheet, and PlayerTek helps monitor your workload to ensure an efficient recovery.
Sprints and Speed
The quick changes in direction, lateral movements and rapid accelerations make soccer the high-tempo entertainment it is, although it leaves players susceptible to injuries such as pulled hamstrings, tight groins and thigh strains.
When it comes to a need for speed, you should look no further than PlayerTek’s GPS tracking system. Our wearable technology monitors your quickest sprints, how often you make them and then converts that data into a handy bar chart.
Physios recommend during rehab that players restrict their top speed to a jog, then a medium burst before working up to a full-out sprint, and a gradual increase of such metrics should leave you able to make an explosive return without the fear of a recurrence. The data PlayerTek produces could also explain a recently acquired injury if you’re breaking through a pre-recorded threshold.
Comparison and Benchmarks
Getting game time back is the ultimate goal, but you’ve got to work your way up to playing until the final whistle – pushing your body for 90 minutes on a comeback will put you at risk of injury and a prolonged recovery time.
For all the previous measures and more, PlayerTek compares how you perform in both halves using workload percentages. Once you’ve downloaded your session, you’ll be able to see at what point in the game fatigue starts to impact performance and slowly improve it as the weekend fixtures go by.
Those who were using PlayerTek before they were forced into the treatment room will know their benchmark data. It can be hard to tell when you’re back to your best, but if you’re hitting those numbers, you’re ready for action.