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2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Welcomes Back Derek Hansen

BSMPG is proud to announce DEREK HANSEN as a speaker at the 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Sunday May 17th, 2015 - Fenway Park.

Join the leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance Training for this one day event following the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Inquire at bostonsmpg@gmail.com - serious thought leaders only!

 

Mission of the CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

This is a limited capacity event and will be held to 50 of the top thought and change leaders from across the globe.

 

DEREK HANSON

DEREK HANSEN

Topic: Identifying Optimal Running Volumes for In-Season and Off-Season Preparations for Team Sports

Derek M. Hansen is a sports performance consultant based out of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  He currently works as the Director of Athletic Performance at Simon Fraser University.  He has worked extensively with coaches and athletes from all levels of high performance including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, CFL and the NCAA.  His involvement with Olympic athletes, coaches and teams includes sports such as Track and Field, Speed Skating, Softball, Bobsleigh and Field Hockey, with many of these athletes having won Olympic medals and achieved world record performances. 

Derek’s specific areas of expertise include speed development, electrical muscle stimulation for performance, tapering and recovery, and hamstring rehabilitation.  Two significant influences in the development of his approach have been Charlie Francis and Al Vermeil.  Derek worked closely with Coach Francis from 2001 to 2010, providing coaching to elite athletes and developing Charlie’s educational materials for on-line presentation and seminar delivery.  Coach Vermeil has also been a steady source of mentorship to Derek from 2002 to the present day, providing insight into all areas of athlete performance.

When not coaching, Derek is a course conductor with the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program in the areas of Physical Preparation, Recovery & Regeneration and Sport Biomechanics.  He has developed a broad series of electrical muscle stimulation protocols for Globus Sport and Health Technologies, known as the SpeedCoach, that integrates EMS programming with conventional training to enhance speed performance.  Derek also runs a highly successful Strength and Conditioning apprenticeship program that places young coaches in jobs all over the world.

 

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2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - WINNING


BSMPG is proud to announce both MIKE BOYLE and ERIK HELLAND as speakers at the 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Sunday May 17th, 2015 - Fenway Park.

Join the leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance Training for this one day event following the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Inquire at bostonsmpg@gmail.com - serious thought leaders only!

 

Mission of the CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

This is a limited capacity event and will be held to 50 of the top thought and change leaders from across the globe.

 

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MIKE BOYLE

Topic: Worst to First - Developing a Culture of Winning

Michael Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of Strength & Conditioning and is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for Sports Performance Training. He has made his mark on the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes, from the US Women’s Olympic teams in Soccer and Ice Hockey to the Boston BruinsBoston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox. His client list over the years reads like a Who’s Who of athletic success in New England and across the country including legendary Boston names such as Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, and Ray Bourque. 

 In 2012, Michael was selected to become part of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff, acting as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team. 

 

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ERIK HELLAND

Topic: Sustaining a Championship Mindset

Erik Helland enters his second year as Wisconsin's men's basketball strength and conditioning coach in 2014-15. In his first season, the Badgers posted the third, 30-win season in school history advancing to the 2014 Final Four.

Helland, who has served on the Chicago Bulls strength and conditioning staff since 1988 and the head strength coach since 2001, has over two decades of experience as a certified National Strength and Conditioning specialist and level I USA Weightlifting coach.

Helland's tenure with the Bulls included six NBA championships, including a pair of three-peats, and an NBA record 72 regular-season wins in 1995-96.

Following 13 seasons as an assistant, Helland took over the reins of the strength program in 2001, where his duties included conducting some of the most comprehensive testing protocols in the NBA, assisting in pre-NBA Draft workouts and NBA free agent assessments.

Helland has consulted with numerous college and professional strength and conditioning programs, and has worked extensively with athletes from the NFL and European Basketball Leagues, as well as professional, collegiate and high school athletes from nearly every sport.

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2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Welcomes Steve Tashjian - Player Monitoring for Peak Performance

 

BSMPG is proud to announce STEVE TASHJIAN as a speaker at the 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Sunday May 17th, 2015 - Fenway Park.

Join the leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance Training for this one day event following the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Inquire at bostonsmpg@gmail.com - serious thought leaders only!

 

Mission of the CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

This is a limited capacity event and will be held to 50 of the top thought and change leaders from across the globe.

 

 

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Steve Tashjian

Topic: Player Monitoring for Peak Performance

Tashjian joins the Crew from Barclays Premier League side Everton Football Club, where he served for five years as the Head of Sports Science and Conditioning and Director of End Stage Rehabilitation. During his time at Everton, Tashjian became well known for his innovative approach to player monitoring and performance development. While serving the club, Everton never finished outside the top eight Premiership positions, qualifying in 2009-2010 for the UEFA Europa League, appearing in the 2011-2012 FA Cup semifinal and finishing fifth in the Premier League in 2013-2014. During his tenure, Tashjian worked with a list of elite players including Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Tim Cahill, Louis Saha, Phil Neville, Steven Pienaar, Romelu Lukaku and Leighton Baines.

From 2007 to 2009, Tashjian served as Assistant Coach and Head of Fitness, Director of End Stage Rehabilitation and Reconditioning with the Crew. He was a part of Sigi Schmid’s staff that led the Black & Gold to Columbus’ first professional championship with the 2008 MLS Cup squad, and was a part of back-to-back Supporters’ Shield wins in 2008 and 2009 in addition to the club’s 2009 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal berth.

Tashjian’s clinical experience began in 2002 as Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach in Pasadena, California at the Competitive Athlete Training Zone (CATZ), assisting with the off-season training program for the LA Galaxy. In 2003, he left his position with CATZ to become Co-Owner and Director of Athletic Performance at Rehab United Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Center in San Diego, California, working with elite amateur, Olympic and professional athletes from multiple sports.

As an Assistant Coach, Head of Fitness and later a consultant for Azusa Pacific University from 2006-2008, he helped the university to a 2007 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship as well as runner-up honors with the women in 2007 and the men in 2006.

 


 

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Registration for the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar is now OPEN!

 

 

Hear world stress expert Dr. Robert Sapolsky and other international thought leaders including PRI's James Anderson, England's Al Smith, Brain Researcher Vincent Walsh and the Canadian Senior Men's Basketball Performance staff including Sam Gibbs, Charlie Weingroff and Roman Fomin at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar.

Other sports medicine/rehabilitation and performance speakers include: Mike Davis, Alan Gruver, Eric Oetter, Sam Coad, and Jay DeMayo.  Additional speakers to be added in the coming weeks!

Date: May 15-16, 2015.

Location: Boston, MA

 

 

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DR. ROBERT SAPOLSKY

Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology, Neurological Sciences, and Neurosurgery, Stanford University

 

Keynote Address: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease and Coping

A lecture on stress and where stress-related diseases come from.  It is based on Dr. Sapolsky's book by the same title.  

Robert Sapolsky is one of the world's leading neuroscientists, and has been called "one of the finest natural history writers around" by The New York Times. In studying wild baboon populations, Sapolsky examined how prolonged stress can cause physical and mental afflictions. His lab was among the first to document that stress can damage the neurons of the hippocampus. Sapolsky has shown, in both human and baboon societies, that low social status is a major contributor to stress and stress-related illness. He boils down the contemporary human's relationship with stress as follows: "We are not getting our ulcers being chased by Saber-tooth tigers, we're inventing our social stressors—and if some baboons are good at dealing with this, we should be able to as well. Insofar as we're smart enough to have invented this stuff and stupid enough to fall for it, we have the potential to be wise enough to keep [these stressors] inperspective." Sapolsky's study of stress in non-human primates has offered fascinating insight into how human beings relate to this universal pressure.

 

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BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes Jay DeMayo

BSMPG is proud to announce JAY DEMAYO as a speaker at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015. Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance! This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!  

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

See you in Boston in May!!!  

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Jay Demayo

 

JAY DEMAYO

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Jay DeMayo has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s and Women’s Basketball at the University of Richmond since October 2005.  Jay is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland where he was a two year starter on the Men’s Soccer team.  Prior to taking over the responsibilities of Men’s and Women’s Basketball at UR Jay worked with every team on campus as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach working.  During his tenure at Richmond, Coach DeMayo has worked with five All-Americans, and 10 Atlantic 10 championship teams.  Presently Jay is also responsible for the dry land training for NOVA Aquatics LLC, one of the top youth swim clubs on the eastern seaboard where he has coached over twenty athlete’s whom have qualified for Olympic Trials.

Coach DeMayo’s constant effort to better himself as a coach has brought him numerous certifications.  Coach DeMayo has his Level I coaching certification from USA Track and Field, is certified as an American Kettlebell Club Coach, United States Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Coach DeMayo has also been a presenter for four consecutive years at the Pennsylvania State Clinic at Juniata College.  At the PA State Clinic Coach DeMayo has spoken on “Training Soccer Players, Developing a 3 Day Strength Training Program,”  “Max Effort Training for Sports,” and “Lift Preparation, The Next Evolution of the Warm Up,” “Developing a Progression for Auxiliary Lifts” and “Teaching the Squat and Deadlift.”  Coach DeMayo has also presented at the University of Richmond Sports Performance Clinic and with the Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Academy.  Coach DeMayo has also been involved in developing the Basketball Strength Symposium in Raleigh, NC, and the Central VA Sports Performance Seminar.

The 2015 Catapult Performance Directors Meeting - Fenway Park

 

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What do you get when you mix the most iconic ballpark in the world with the Leaders in Sports Performance?


Yup - The 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting

Date: Sunday May 17th, 2015 - following the BSMPG Summer Seminar (May 15-16, 2015)

Location: Fenway Park, Boston MA

Mission of the BSMPG Performance Director Forum: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

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BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes The Canadian Basketball Performance Team

BSMPG is proud to welcome the Canadian Men's Basketball Performance Team to the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015. Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance! This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!  

Join BSMPG and welcome Sam Gibbs, Charlie Weingroff, and Roman Fomin, for a Look Behind The Curtain, a panel discussion involving screening, monitoring, training, therapy and putting it all together into one high performing team.

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

See you in Boston in May!!!  

 

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Registration Opens Jan 1, 2015

Additional speakers to be announced shortly - Trust us when we tell you that this year will blow your socks off!

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Registration Opens Jan 1, 2015

Additional speakers to be announced shortly - Trust us when we tell you that this year will blow your socks off!

 

Check out our Performance Directors Meeting following our annual seminar - Sunday May 17th at FENWAY PARK!

 

BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes Al Smith

BSMPG is proud to announce AL SMITH as a speaker at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015. Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance! This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!  

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

See you in Boston in May!!!  

 

Al Smith

 

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Al Smith is an experienced performance systems consultant who has performed a variety of roles in the UK Sport World Class system. Following an early career as a clinical scientist in the NHS, Al spent two Olympic cycles with the GB Rowing Team establishing a sports science support service that grew from a single-handed car boot operation to a programme that operated as an integral aspect of the preparation of athletes for major championship performance at both development and senior level.  He then moved into a system wide role as a training science consultant with the UK Sport Research and Innovation Team, exploring the individualization and optimization of training practices and delivering scientific performance solutions to a wide range of Olympic sports.  A subsequent role as Head of Talent Science at the English Institute of Sport involved a shift in focus to assist Olympic and Paralympic sports with the development of their performance pathways for future champions.  Having experienced a multitude of challenges faced by sports in implementing evidence based practices for athlete development, Al now offers consultancy services to help stakeholders across the sporting landscape incorporate emerging evidence for a holistic view of athlete development into their performance systems. 

 

Registration Opens Jan 1, 2015

Additional speakers to be announced shortly - Trust us when we tell you that this year will blow your socks off!

 

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Jurassic Ballpark- Monitoring in the Modern NBA

 

 

 

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“The Australia-based Catapult uses wearable technology to track athlete movement on the playing court, and it currently calls 13 NBA teams clients…Oklahoma City is not one of those 13 teams, but the Thunder aren't dinosaurs when it comes to injury prevention.”

 

By Tom Haberstroh ESPN Insider

 

Recently Kevin Durant sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone, creating a ripple effect in the NBA and college basketball. Seeing the MVP in the league out of at least 6-8 weeks is frightening, and some programs are already asking hard questions with sports medicine. Teams wanting to appear as progressive are apparently monitoring everything imaginable to look like they are covering the bases. Some teams are analyzing brain waves, performing blood analysis, and now tapping into DNA of players. The question is not necessarily does monitoring work, but the real question is are teams really doing all of this at a high level or is just smoke and mirrors? In the earlier article Anti-Fragile Algorithms, the specific injury mentioned as a working model, fifth metatarsal injuries tin basketball was showcased as a dire warning to emerging problems in the NBA. The article was popular based on retweets on social media, but is anyone actually taking the advice? Unfortunately many of those sharing the article on twitter didn’t do the recommendations in the guest post, otherwise we would not see as many factures in sport.

 

Every time I get a request to talk about technology in sport with coaches I suggest reading the book Jurassic Park as a dire warning to reliance on computers. Without having solid education behind the keyboard, technology can backfire big time. Since the book is a classic and a movie, most readers appreciate the motif of the story foreshadowing a Frankenstein allusion to DNA and misdirected science without wisdom. Now that DNA analysis is widely available commercially, we would hope to believe that science, specifically sport science, is making a change in injuries and performance. Based on injury data, very little, if any in fact, improvements are shown in the medical logs with injury reduction.

 

The rise of the Athlete Management Systems (AMS) we see from the UK, and other software providers, are frankly not helping much at all. The reason?  Visualizing data without interpretation skills and the power to apply an intervention is just putting lipstick on a pig. I am in strong support of data display because it commits to addressing known problems, but if you don’t have the ability to do an intervention, it’s just job security paper trails. Most systems available are nothing more than overpriced dashboards without any analytic engine to create value besides seeing crude data with a team logo. Coaches and teams pressured to be data driven succumb to buying more technology and the results have been the same, but with cool wearable devices wirelessly displaying meaningless metrics on the nearby oversized flat screen. What we see is the same as what the Michael Crichton story depicted, the inmates are running the asylum and the only differences are the freaks of nature are smaller and from this era.

 

Are We Tracking the Tracks?

 

The most glairing issue I have with any foot injury is the lack of appreciation of foot strike and how to manage forces properly. SportVu and Catapult are measuring displacement of athletes, sort of like surveillance if you will. Player tracker doesn’t drill down to the actual ground contact needed to fully reduce the chances of a fifth metatarsal injury beyond crude accelerometer values. The use of pressure mapping is essential to actually evaluating how much strain we are placing specific parts of the foot, not just counting steps or player distance. While the minutes on Kevin Durant’s body were enormous, minutes are always going to be high when players are competing so many times a month, and crafty teams like San Antonio are strategically resting players with continued controversy from the league. So to increase the risk margin and reduce injuries, real screening is needed to the areas at risk. Basketball specific screening can be done with simple mat and in-shoe pressure systems available on the market.  Combined with a solid foot evaluation performed by a sports medicine professional using manual techniques, a proper risk profile can be created. No longer do we need to depend on minutes played only to find risk, but movement patterns and foot structure can move the needle to seeing potential problems. Injuries are obviously multifactorial, but specific risk factors are identified in the current literature and are open to medical professionals now.  Presently, the most precise targeting approach to risk of basketball injuries I know is with the Mercury XML, a foot testing system and algorithm that can zero into the exact problem and provide needed interventions and guidance. As of this time only, I don’t know too many teams doing more than just standard podiatric evaluation if at all.

 

My suggestion for teams, not just basketball, is to commit to a comprehensive evaluation of foot function every year to track changes and make refined interventions. Every player should have all foot attire evaluated and properly scored. We buy smartphones and food with tech specs and labels, yet all we have is the size of the shoes, not a standardized breakdown of key functional indicators. Imagine going to buy medications by “trying them on” instead of using a proper channel? Our most valuable wearable is not a fitbit or the new trendy “smart fabric” but the shoes one selects for training and competition. Selecting footwear is highly individual and should be done with great care.  We need to prescribe footwear with the same respect as medications, and watch for side effects with Elastography and Myoton readings. In addition to shoes, make sure each athlete is pressure mapped barefoot as well as in-shoe, to see how orthotics and shoe design is mixing in the foot strike composite. I have done this for years with soccer athletes and it does take time, but the sleep I get is much better now and have the charts to even show it!

 

Are we Tracking the Inside?

 

The ESPN article by the same author Tom Haberstroh hinted that teams are doing blood testing to get more data on their players, but based on information from the players, it doesn’t seem to match the necessary frequency to create solid connections. Biomarker testing with blood is a rich source of information, but like any data the shelf life isn’t long and retesting is needed. My own experience using blood testing every month really shows what is going on during a long season, and not a moment in time.  Haberstroh writes:

 

When asked by ESPN to elaborate on blood analysis, Cuban declined further comment. But interviews with several Dallas players indicate that the team's expanded testing policy is neither obvious nor rosterwide. Guard Devin Harris recalls giving blood only in the preseason as part of the standard team physical; perhaps by design, other plasma-related details remain vague. "I don't know what they do with it once they have it, but they definitely take it," Harris says. "And I know they talked about taking blood throughout the season for certain stuff."

 

Sport Scientist Xavi Schelling, now with San Antonio researched the trends and patterns with hormones with professional basketball for years in his insightful study recently with the Journal of Strength and Conditioning. The summary in the paper clearly illustrated the differences beyond just minutes played. As someone who helped edit the manuscript, I read that study over a dozen times and saw an alarming problem, Europeans play less than the NBA and are struggling to recover, imagine playing multiple times a week including back to back games? Mark Cuban is going to need a think tank rather than a shark tank to help his team adjust if they are not testing everyone a few times a season. All players in professional basketball, regardless of minutes played should be tested multiple times to see trends. When doing a baseline test it is very important to factor in several additional metrics, such as muscle fiber estimation and performance testing.  Baselines without profiling and adjusting should be left for the court, not for the athletic lab. Again who really knows what is going on with teams since all of this is all speculation, and Mark is a bright guy and didn’t become a billionaire because he shared his secret sauce with his competition.

 

A simple solution to blood testing is use the data everyone is getting in the pre-season and make that the primary focus on team leaderboards to drive change. I love HRV (Heart Rate Variability) and using daily neuromuscular fatigue measurement, but every day most athletes have three meals to make an impact in what they are doing, and see a cause and effect with training and sleep with biomarkers outside vitamins and minerals. Not seeing the data is like expecting a police officer to use a radar gun and then seeing you after a crash, so sometimes a little discussion can go a long way.

 

Sleep Tracking with the NBA Schedule

 

A popular request with teams is finding the competitive edge with sleep quality and quantity. It’s not rocket science that sleep matters and no matter how many research studies athletes are shown in cartoony infographics they will be seduced by the other “theme parks” that sometimes will include adult themes and adult beverages.  Even the good father who loves playing dad will become a zombie after a few weeks of a baby crying all night or dealing with a spouse snoring.  No matter what magic calculation of time zone adjustment is made during travel planning, evening games with last minute heroics will pump enough adrenaline to render players disrupted biologically during sleep. Elite athletes are human and will be under stress, so all of the protocols for setting up sleep are nice on paper and certainly sound good, why are we still seeing CNS fatigue and poor autonomic status?

 

The reason the NBA struggles to apply sleep monitoring is because without the iron and sweat of training properly, sleep tracking is futile.  Everyone knows that modern athletes underprepare and simply compete too much with entertainment-over-health schedules, but the key break is to remember to do the basics.  Tracking sleep and working on sleep hygiene is a great start, but the trend needs to but the meat and potatoes back to strength coaches. I am not surprised that teams are using wearable devices but some caveats exist with the limitations of accelerometer technologies with sleep tracking.

 

Three years ago I was using several sleep tools to get sleep data on my sprinters and a few athletes for a colleague. What I realized quickly that team sport athletes were the Velociraptors of the Jurassic Park and were very clever. Here is just the tip of the iceberg with sleep data. Here are three real world challenges coaches are facing now:

 

Context Errors - If a pro athlete appear like they are getting a solid 8.5 hours after a game but may be passed out from drinking all night. No algorithm can detect every sleep to detect large amounts of ethanol (booze) from “Club Jaguar”.

 

Data Integrity- Sometimes a pro athlete will have great sleep data, but is that his data or the groupie? Is it one of his friends in the entourage? Is the sensor on his Cat “Pepe”, who sleeps great during home games and has a key ring for the band? I don’t know too many coaches who tuck their athletes into bed, so after a short experiment athletes don’t like getting monitored by big brother.

 

Interpretation Errors- A high quantity of sleep may be a sign of actually overtraining. When an athlete is sleeping more they could have an illness such as mononucleosis or be fighting exhaustion.

 

So much of sleeping well is ensuring athletes are not tired from overtraining syndromes more than just teaching or educating about “Bed time”. Even compliant athletes will find sleeping difficult, especially in the NBA when beds are not exactly designed for the bigger “dinosaurs”. When athletes are not prepared fitness wise, have poor biomarkers, and are not strong in the lower body, sleep is poisoned by outside variables. The big picture is to make athletes focused on doing the training, not just the spa recovery needs. In the future the athletes will have to decide themselves what they are willing to do to get better, and that starts with the weight room, not just the bedroom.

 

I will not point fingers and do the blame game, that is for the experts and pundits, but I will point to other factors than what we see online or in print. I don’t know if Oklahoma City is doing blood analysis, advanced sleep tracking, and cutting edge foot diagnostics with pressure mapping, but even if they did a limit exists to the body and I am not sure if we passed that point of no return or not with the NBA. What I do know is that the reliance on technology is dangerous without a good plan and good people, and teams with a great staff and talented athletes will win at the end.

 

Article contribution by Carl Valle

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