In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Lecturer in Sport Science at La Trobe University, Matthew Varley. Matthew presented on the Performance MDT webinar recently (which you can watch below) and I really enjoyed his presentation, ‘Athlete monitoring in team sports: metrics, methods, and meanings’. Matthew covered a number of topics that have come up on the podcast a number of times but aren’t necessarily the sexy points to discuss when it comes to training load monitoring but none the less as extremely important. Thresholds, filtering, dwell times will all be familiar to those working with GPS systems but in this episode, we get into the nitty-gritty.

If you enjoyed this episode with Matthew Varley, you may enjoy these episodes I did with Shane Malone & Shane Mangan, Tom Batchelor and Jack Sharkey who all discussed training load monitoring.

In this episode we discussed…

  • Who is Matthew Varley (background, experience and current role)?
  • Validity and reliability
    • Why do this?
    • Methods to do this
    • Identifying what is meaningful
      • Company whitepaper vs peer-reviewed research in large stadium vs another source
  • GPS tracking
    • Selection of metrics used to monitor athletes
    • Threshold selection
      • How to determine
    • Data filtering
      • Why is filtering necessary
        • How can we filter the data
    • Role of video to understand metric definitions
  • Next steps in performance analysis practice and research
    • Adding context to our metrics
    • Integration of physical, technical and tactical data
    • Importance of detailing data quality and analysis techniques
  • Player tracking future
    • Rise of inertial sensors for biomechanical outputs

Matthew can be found on Twitter @MatthewCVarley

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