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Monitoring Power Development : A Look at New Technology

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 @ 07:04 AM

by Carl Valle




I decided to interview Rob Shugg from Kinetic Performance after hearing a few new definitions of what power is, and felt that we needed more sport science tools to help the performance community understand how to develop power in team sports. Track and field is very objective, but the methodologies tend to be cloudy. I wanted to get Rob's opinion on the matters of true development and monitoring of elite sport as he has many years with the Australian Institute of Sport and in the private sector with technology and performance. The BSMPG is the first conference in the US to promote Gymaware and Kinetic Performance as technology and data is becoming more and more important to help teams find the winning edge. 

Most of the US professional and college teams are familiar with linear transducers for measuring power, could you expand on the differences between Gymaware and the Tendo system, specifically with the advanced analytics and cloud benefits. 

First I’d like to give your readers a quick outline of the GymAware components:GymAware Power Tool - A linear transducer that connects via bluetooth to an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. 

iOS apps: 

GymAware Lite App - a stand-alone weightlifting analyzer app withextensive training, feedback and plotting functions. 

GymAware App - a cloud-connected weightlifting analyzer app offering online data and athlete management. 

GymAware/Kinetic-Athlete cloud analysis server - a web based account for managing and analysing Power Tool and other athlete performance data.So as you can see, while the Power Tool and the Tendo weightlifting analyser are both linear transducers, only GymAware offers a complete athlete performance stack, from data collection to athlete performance management. You canstill use the Power Tool like you use the Tendo unit to motivate and train athletes, but in addition you can start to look at[other variables] like dip and lift profile to improve technique. 

The GymAware Power Tool has evolved through 5 different models over the last 10 years with each new release improving accuracy and usability. There is a good comparison [here] between the latest Power Tool and the Tendo Power and Speed Analyzer. To talk about the benefits of the cloud server and advanced analytics, you first need to look at system accuracy as this is fundamental to the success of the advanced features.The high accuracy of the Power Tool opens up new opportunities in preparing athletes for competition. With high accuracy you can look for more subtle changes over time that give you real insight into the state of the athlete. 

Power is often pursued by teams, could you look at how power can act as a marker of both performance and fatigue with team sports? Currently Benchmarks and profiling seem to be important for individualization. 

There’s no doubt that power is a key factor in producing game winning performances, and power profiling to optimize power training plays a vital role in any professional team. But recently in Australia, regular (3 to 5 times per week) power and/or velocity monitoring has proved to be a very reliable way of monitoring for fatigue. At last year’s ASCA conference Dr Kristie Taylor suggested that we should 

Other performance managers have reported to us that the Power Tool measurements are so sensitive that they can see slower power recovery after games played at a particular stadium known to have a hard playing surface. Regular monitoring with GymAware adds a completely new dimension to the knowledge available to the sports performance professional. 

Kinetic Athlete is not new to player monitoring, why does Kinetic Performance's experience make you a leader in player management? I think to answer this you need to look at environment that lead to the development ofGymAware. 

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Learn more about this new technology along with the most advanced health and performance monitoring tools currently available at the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 19/20th.


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Q: What Has 9 NCAA Ice Hockey Championship Rings and Will Be In Boston May 19th and 20th?

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 @ 07:04 AM


Answer: Attendees at the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar!

There's a reason the nation's top Performance Coaches, Athletic Trainers, and Therapists come back to Boston year after year! Join the following coaches and learn how you can help your team this off-season and prepare for a championship run in 2013!


Russ DeRosa - Boston College Men's Ice Hockey 2008, 2010, 2012 National Champions

Mike Boyle - Boston University Men's Ice Hockey 1995, 2009 National Champions

Jim Snider - University of Wisconsin Women's Ice Hockey 2009, 2011 National Champions

Cal Dietz - University of Minnesota Women's Ice Hockey 2010, 2012 National Champions



Looking for that edge in your team's training for this coming season?  Join Hockey's elite performance coaches and therapists at the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar!


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Hurry!! Seats are limited - There's only room for so many championship trophy's in the same room!


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What The Giants Are Reading - Jim Snider

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 07:08 AM

We asked what the Giants in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Basketball and Hockey performance training have read or are currently reading and we brought their list to you.  

Click HERE to view our recommended library with an ongoing list from these speakers who presented at the BSMPG "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants" 2011 summer seminar.

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Topics: BSMPG, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Jim Snider

The Agenda by Seth Godin

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 06:05 AM

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The agenda

The job of the CEO isn't to check things off the agenda. Her job is to set the agenda, to figure out what's next.

Now that more and more of us are supposed to be CEO of our own lives and careers, it might be time to rethink who's setting your agenda.


Topics: basketball resources, basketball conference, basketball training programs, athletic training conference, boston hockey summit, boston hockey conference, Jonas Sahratian, sports medicine conference, Jim Snider, Seth Godin

Joe Maher Added To Hockey Track at BSMPG Summer Conference

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 @ 07:04 AM

Joe Maher replaces Pete Friesen at the 2011 "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants".  Joe's been a fixture for a program that has quickly risen to national prominence.  Learn how Joe has Yale  skating circles around the competition along with Jim Snider, Strength Coach for 2011 Women's Ice Hockey National Champions, Wisconsin Badgers and Russ DeRosa, Strength Coach for the 2010 Men's Ice Hockey National Champions, Boston College Eagles.


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Joe Maher

Joe Maher, a former hockey head coach and player and a sports physiologist, was named Yale's assistant strength & conditioning coach in August of 2007 after serving in a similar role at the University of Richmond for two years. His work with the Yale hockey team has been a significant factor in its ascencion to national prominence.  Maher was the assistant S&C coach at Richmond from 2005 to 2007 while also serving as head coach of the U-16AA Richmond Royals hockey club. His Richmond football squad won an Atlantic-10 Championship under his watch.

Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant in the Kinesiology Department at Louisiana State University and a coach at the USA Weightlifting Development Center in Shreveport, La., from 2004 to 2005.  Maher, who is the S&C coach for the 2011 U.S. Junior National Team, also served as assistant sports physiologist at the U.S. Olympic Center's Athlete Performance Laboratory. He played hockey at the University of Rhode Island and coached and competed in 2005 Collegiate National Weightlifting Championships.

In addition, Maher, a New Jersey native who has authored numerous articles on S&C and owns a masters in education, coached and co-directed the 2004 American Open Championships, co-directed the 2005 Pan-American Championships and coached the 2005 Junior National Championships. He also worked on Keith Allain's U.S. Team staff during the 2010-11 IIHF World Junior Championships (bronze medal).  Maher's certifications include: Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association); Weightlifting Senior Coach-In Process (USA Weightlifting); First Aid, CPR, AED (American Red Cross); USA Hockey Level 3 (In-Process of Level 4).

Topics: athletic training conference, boston hockey summit, Brijesh Patel, Charlie Weingroff, boston hockey conference, athletic trainer, Jim Snider

Congrats UW Badgers - 2011 Women's Ice Hockey National Champions

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 @ 07:03 AM

Congrats to the University of Wisconsin Badgers Women's Ice Hockey team for winning the 2011 National Championship in a 4-1 win over Boston University this past weekend. 

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Hear UW Badgers Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jim Snider speak at this year's BSMPG Hockey Conference, June 3rd and 4th in Boston MA., as he discusses, "Hockey Specific Dry Land Speed Training".

Learn how this year's National Champions train in the off-season and what you may be missing in your summer hockey strength training programs. 


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BSMPG Announces Finalized Hockey Speaker Set For June 3/4 Conference

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 @ 08:01 AM

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BSMPG is proud to announce the finalized speaker set for this year's Hockey Summit in Boston June 3rd and 4th.  This will be the third consecutive year that BSMPG has hosted the nations top Hockey Training Conference with this year boasting the most impressive speaker set yet! 

With Speakers representing Boston College, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota and Quinnipiac University along with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes joining Keynote speakers which include Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, Tom Myers, Clare Frank, Charlie Weingroff and Pete Viterriti - this event is a must for anyone involved in the training and care of the hockey athletes.

Topics: boston hockey summit, Brijesh Patel, Charlie Weingroff, hockey conference, Russ DeRosa, Jim Snider