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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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Topics: Art Horne, basketball conference, BSMPG, athletic training conference, Mike Curtis, hockey conference, Logan Schwartz, Andrea Hudy, Bruce Williams, Mike Boyle, Jim Snider, Mark Toomey, John DiMuro, Cal Dietz, Bill Knowles, Alan Grodin, Joel Jamieson, Jeff Cubos, Keith D'Amelio

Advanced Athlete Monitoring For Injury Reduction at the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 @ 07:03 AM

Join Jose Fernandez and other top Sports Medicine and Sports Performance professionals from across the world as they desend on Boston this May 19th-20th for the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar.  Choose from a number of specific learning tracks or mix and match to suit your learning needs.  Keynote speakers throughout the weekend include Dr. Craig Liebenson, Chris Powers, Alan Grodin, Irving Schexnayder, and Bill Knowles. 

Register today for this once in a lifetime event! Seats are limited!


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Advanced Athlete Monitoring for Injury Reduction

Jose Fernandez



Professional athletes are experts at what they do, regardless how many S&C sessions they perform a week, they either have the quality to average 20 points per night or they don´t. From a physical perspective, coaches need to make sure their athletes are healthy and available to play every night. A healthy professional athlete should be capable to display a good performance just by being healthy. Everything else that can be achieved with training is a plus.

In a league where teams have to play 3-4 games a week and take more than 90 flights per season, time is limited for coaches to carry out physical training sessions with their players. A training program must be precise, specific and adjusted to the individual needs of each athlete. Coaches should focus on maintaining and reducing the loss of training adaptations throughout the season while enhancing the recovery and regeneration strategies.

At this year´s BSMPG Conference, I will be presenting ideas on how to objectively profile athletes attending to their neuromuscular characteristics and type of muscle fiber predominance. Continuing with this neuromuscular approach to athlete monitoring, innovative ways to quantify effects and duration of the training and treatments will be discussed. Being able to control the rate at which each muscle gains and looses activation after a training session or how exactly certain therapy treatment affects the functionality of any muscle group is crucial if we want to schedule training actions at the right moment, with the aim to maximize the physical performance and minimize risk of injury during the competition.

From an injury prevention perspective, new concepts to evaluate athlete´s readiness to train and assessment of change in muscle response induced by training will also be suggested, with a clear focus on practicality and applicability.

Aiming for maximal performance is a complex task. The purpose of my presentation is to offer some insight into the analysis of an athlete´s neuromuscular condition and how this can help coaches optimize training in an objective, reliable and time saving manner.

I look forward to seeing you at the BSMPG Conference in May!



Topics: Art Horne, basketball performance, BSMPG, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Logan Schwartz, Andrea Hudy, Bruce Williams, Mark Toomey, Cal Dietz, Alan Grodin, Joel Jamieson, Dan Boothby, Jose Fernandez

Interview with Mark Toomey from

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 @ 06:10 AM



Mark Toomey


This past June Mark Toomey and Dr. John DiMuro presented at the BSMPG summer seminar, "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants."  Below is a small portion of Mark's most recent interview.


"We presented a paper together at Boston University and Northeastern University in June on fostering collaborative efforts between medical and exercise professionals. We "knuckle draggers" and I'm proud to call myself that, don’t have to play doctor. There are medical professionals who desire a relationship with us as long as we let them know what we're good at. My swim lane is only this wide but it’s this deep. I don’t want to be a doctor, I don’t want to be a healer - that’s a physician's job. But there is a legitimacy that creating a relationship with the medical community can give us."

Continue to read this interview on by clicking HERE

Topics: Art Horne, athletic training conference, athletic training, athletic training books, Mark Toomey, Barefoot in Boston, Dr. DiMuro

A Sneak Peek Into Mark Toomey and Dr. John DiMuro's Presentation

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 07:05 AM

Mark Toomey

Dr. John DiMuro and Mark Toomey

Every once in a while you'll meet an individual that completely changes the way you look at the world - that person for me was Mark Toomey.  A self proclaimed "knuckle-dragger," Toomey is one of the few people that truly understands the importance and integration of health, strength, and function.

Click HERE to view Toomey's/DiMuro's presentation outline for their June 3rd presentation.

See Mark Toomey, Dr. DiMuro and other national experts in the fields of Sports Medicine, Hockey and Basketball along with keynote speakers which include Tom Myers, Shirley Sahrmann, Clare Frank, Charlie Weingroff and Pete Viteritti at this weeks BSMPG summer conference, "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants" - June 3rd and 4th.

Topics: Art Horne, basketball conference, BSMPG, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Mark Toomey, John DiMuro

BSMPG Salutes Our Troops

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, May 30, 2011 @ 06:05 AM

support our troops


From our family to yours - Happy Memorial Day.

Topics: basketball resources, basketball training programs, athletic training conference, boston hockey summit, boston hockey conference, Mark Toomey

Mark Toomey and Dr. Di Muro finalize Sports Med/Rehabilitation Track

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 @ 07:02 AM

athletic training conference

Mark Toomey (right) pictured here with Pavel Tsatsouline.


I first met Mark at an SFMA course this past summer and although I signed up for the two day course and appreciated everything the course had to offer, I found myself returning for the second day solely to speak with Mark. To say Mark is electric and a true master of his trade would be a severe understatement – his energy and world experiences in elite level training along with his many experiences with rehabilitation is sure to enlighten and invigorate all those that hear him speak.  Along with Dr. Di Muro, Mark’s presentation will explore how best to approach pain management, rehabilitation and training from a truly integrated and patient centered approach.

Conference Agenda and Registration details for Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants, are coming soon.

Be sure to save the date and plan on joining us June 3rd and 4th in Boston this coming summer.


Art Horne is the Coordinator of Care and Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Basketball Team at Northeastern University, Boston MA.  He can be reached at



Topics: basketball conference, athletic training conference, boston hockey summit, athletic training, boston hockey conference, Pavel Tsatsouline, Kettlebell Instruction, Mark Toomey