When Andrew Murray is making decisions about his athletes, he wants those decisions to be based on data, not opinion. In fact, the University of Oregon’s Director of Performance and Sports Science says utilizing data is the best way to decide how to work with individual student-athletes and programs at large.
“For us, the Polar Team Pro system provides evidence and data to support our decisions,” says Murray. “We can look at the ‘dose’ a coach is prescribing and the response from the athlete. We use objective markers from Polar Team Pro – data such as how long we spent in each heart-rate zone at a particular intensity – to help us make our decisions on how to train athletes.”
On an athlete-by-athlete basis, the Polar Team Pro system allows athletic performance coaches to create programs based on individual fitness levels and measure individually, as well.
“In a football context, we prescribe a conditioning session for individual athletes,” he says. “The cost of that session to the athlete is going to be very different if he is a 350-pound offensive lineman or a 200-pound wide receiver. Their fitness levels will vary widely.
“The Polar Team Pro system allows us to individualize and prescribe appropriately based on need for position, and we can adjust accordingly,” says Murray. “It’s great to have objective targets for a session. If we want to spend X number of minutes at 90% or above for max-heart-rate in a session, we can do that. We get live feedback and can adjust on the fly.”
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