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my Sport Technology Blueprint (DRAFT)

“Jason Anson’s thorough and systematic approach would prove useful to anyone engaged in monitoring the training progress and development of individuals within a sport organization. Anson is 25 - 50 years ahead of his time in sport science technology.” ­ Brent S. Rushall, Ph.D.,R.Psy.

The Situation in the World

Coaches and Athletes around the world use a variety of training software to prepare for their competitions. This can be as simple as a spreadsheet with information that is emailed back and forth between the two. Or as advance as software that syncs all their information and data together via different hardware devices such as a) heart-rate monitors and b) mobile devices that are available on the market today. 

What are you "Peaking" for?

Athletes are peaking for competitions in every sport. Athletes want to peak for competition and want to have a visual way to show the steps that resulted in their optimized training leading up to an important competition. In my book PEAK: Standardized Planning and Recording of Exercise Workouts, I discuss the connection measuring both a) physiological and b) psychological stress responses from the previous days workout in order to have a complete portrait of the athletes training. To do this, I write about using a training-log and the sport science of "peaking" for competition to create a potential valid and accurate visual way for sport scientist and coaches to interpret that data using computer science in sport.

My Cloud Computing Exercise Yearly Training Planner and Assessment Tool is a computer program that integrates with hardware devices that capture physiological data from the athlete's performance pairing them with computerized and peer-reviewed psychological data to produce a real-time and balanced portrait of the athlete’s training. A process that I refer to as the Training Optimization Cycle. This computerized process informs those involved in an athletes training further analysis and cycles of their training planning. During this decade long research and development period, I developed training software solutions in cycling, table tennis, curling, rugby, soccer, basketball and canoe/kayak. The purpose was to to develop a standardized template for planned versus actual workouts that could be used in 100 sports to track physiological/psychological performance measurements. Painstaking attention to detail was complemented by a balanced approach that included all professionals involved in an athlete's training. Data from more than 4000 athletes and 300 coaches was accumulated during this time and used to refine my Training Optimization Cycle theory and therefore the configuration tool and software to accompany it. As a result, I can demonstrate the theory and tool work in 100 sports below:

The peer-reviewed psychological test component used in my invention was written by Dr. Brent Rushall who discovered this connection more than 40 years ago. In the peer-reviewed Handbook for Understanding DALDA, Dr. Brent Rushall commented that his DALDA stress test “can be incorporated into a logbook with a supply of answer sheets, as was done with the Australian Olympic Swimming Team in 1980” (Rushall 1979b). I would enter into a lifetime licensing agreement to computerize Dr. Brent Rushall's peer-reviewed Daily Analysis of Lifes Demands for Athletes (DALDA) in a) every computer software/device format and b) every sport as part of my invention. The result is a updated computerized Training-Log combined with the computerize DALDA for 100 sports as seen below:

The Problems

I released my first Training-Log software commercially in 2005. Over the years, one of the main problems provided to me by various lawyers in sport, is that they believed in general that the biggest litigation in the future will be in a) health and fitness and b) as a result of “training tools” that are not c) tested thoroughly and d) can potentially lead to injury and/or burnout. Essentially don’t be surprised to see such potential Class Action Lawsuits in the future in sport around training devices, which may include software. There are a number of problems, I will attempt to solve and they include:

The Solutions

Coaches are planning in advance their athletes exercise workouts. What is not clear is because of the non-standardized way to record that athletes workout. The coach and athlete may have no feedback to compare if the prescribed workout was effective or not for the athlete to reach optimal conditioning and performance for competitions.

My goal is to focus on standardizing measurement format of the actual workout, as seen in my objectives, so it can be compared and analyzed against the planned workout. I believe this starts with the Core Workout information that could allow us to measure a workout accurately.

By providing the athlete with immediate feedback, the athlete is more engaged over time as they use the training-log as a tool that indicates if they are “burning out” or not. At the core of my approach is the acknowledgement that athletes and coaches are trying to optimize their performance each day on a 24-hour cycle without burning out.

The Potential Outcomes

The Correlation of mental and physical fatigue to peak athletic performance.

Many athletes train for extended periods leading up to a competition. Training sessions can affect both the mental and physical condition of the status. Coaches must plan the intensities of an athlete's training sessions so that the effects are positive and the athlete reaches the competition in their optimal mental and physical condition.

How does the coach know what the correct training intensities are? 

The responses to training vary with each individual, and a coach often has to plan without the information they need about how their athlete responds. Ideally the coach will have a record of all of an athlete's training sessions AND the mental and physical changes that result from them.

My Cloud Computing Exercise Yearly Training Planner and Assessment Tool shows whether the athlete is at optimal/peaking performance in the most crucial times of the season. It provides information on whether physiological or psychological burnout is hindering an athlete’s performance.

In addition to the benefits for the individual coach and athlete, data will be accumulated that can help us better understand the relationships between physiological and physiological status and athletic performance. Correlation of mental and physical fatigue to peak athletic performance.

Case Studies

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Proof of Concept

Sport Technology Canada -  Is a practical approach to the above blueprint that incorporates the Coaching Association of Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and Canada’s Sport for Life’s Societies Long-Term Athlete Development Philosophy.

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