If you read the links above, you'll have three different perspectives on how data is being used in professional rugby union to keep players fit and healthy for as much of the season as possible. Aviva Premiership Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers, and Super Rugby team New South Wales Waratahs are the subjects of these media articles, but you can bet that a number of others will be using similar techniques in their quest for success.
Although the technology is still young and developing, close monitoring of athletes and clever use of the data might be the next big step in elite sport which will eventually filter down to the amateur level.
For now, even if IBM technology seems a world away from your daily training routine, it's still a good idea to get to grips with some basic things that you can monitor. Everyone can consider things like sleep time, heart rate on waking, general muscle soreness, energy and fatigue levels. Getting to grips with your baseline figures in these things might help you realise when your body is struggling and you may be able to change your activity and diet to prevent that illness or injury before it actually happens.
Posted By: Rob Fowkes
Posted: 27 Nov 2013