HIIT Training: High-Intensity Interval Training
Nowadays, high-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT Training) is viewed as one of the most effective ways of improving the endurance capacity of the players.
As per July 2019, JOHAN Sports and Panathinaikos started a new partnership for the 1st team and their Academy. Coincidence has it that in July the Greek football club chose their home base for a training camp in The Netherlands where they completed multiple (very successful) friendly matches vs Feyenoord, Ajax and VVV Venlo (0-3, 1-2 and 0-1 wins, respectively). During their stay among the Dutch, we had some time to sit down with 1st team Panathinaikos performance analyst Stefanos Anagnostou, who is responsible for analyzing the physical data measured via the JOHAN Sports GPS, heart rate and mobile app questionnaires. Stefanos also films the training sessions and matches for tactical purposes, as well as for the fan-based PAO TV with and without his drone camera. In other words, where football meets technology Stefanos is the man to go to. So we did.
When we ask how the training camp is so far, a smile appears on Stefanos’ face. “Until now it has been perfect. We have a good hotel and the facilities here in Oosterbeek are great. We are very busy preparing for the new season. We take good care of our players and monitor everything they do. So far this is going well. The GPS, heart rate and wellness questionnaires are collected for every player in both training sessions and matches.” By using specially made JOHAN vests players wear all sensors well-fit on their bodies, so agrees Stefanos: “The vests are easy to use and we don’t need an extra chest belt for the heart rate sensor, which connects quickly to the GPS device via Bluetooth.”
“Last week the JOHAN software detected four players that needed to adjust their program. When I gave the names to the coaches, they told me these were the exact same names highlighted by our medical staff earlier that morning.”
Immediately after training Stefanos collects the GPS sensors and analyses all the data in the online JOHAN platform which he describes as straight-forward and user friendly. Having immediate feedback gives the Panathinaikos staff extra tools to check their players’ activity but also their own methods, increasing self-reflection. Stefanos goes on: “All the data we collect creates individual profiles for the entire squad and is very valuable for the Panathinaikos Performance staff. We need to know what players do during sessions: how many sprints, how much distance players run and what their sprint distance is for example. By having this information, we can adjust the training program for individual players or the entire team if we need to. Let’s call it an extra point of view on performance.”
Regarding the JOHAN analysis platform, Stefanos is especially content with the new Player Status in the software, which is specifically designed to help coaches decide which player should adjust their training program. “Last week the JOHAN software detected four players that needed to adjust their program. When I gave the names to the coaches, they told me these were the exact same names highlighted by our medical staff earlier that morning.”
This highlights JOHAN Sports’ focus on team sports. With technology now being an integral part of sports, coaches are empowered by having a detailed plan to monitor and evaluate their athletes to reach optimal performance.
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