THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO OUTLINE EVIDENCE-BASED FUNDAMENTALS OF A MONITORING SYSTEM FOR ATHLETES. THIS INCLUDES TIME- AND COST-EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS ACROSS LOAD MONITORING, MEASURING WELLNESS RESPONSES, AND RECOVERY STRATEGIES THAT CAN BE USED REGARDLESS OF BUDGET SIZE. ANALYSIS APPROACHES ARE INCLUDED TO OUTLINE HOW TO ANALYZE DATA COLLECTED BY SUCH A SYSTEM. CONSIDERATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING TECHNOLOGY INTO THE APPLIED ENVIRONMENT ARE ALSO DISCUSSED. FINALLY, AN EXAMPLE FROM A TEAM SPORT IS INCLUDED TO SHOWCASE HOW SUCH MEASURES AND ANALYSES CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO A PROGRAM. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, SEE SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1 (SEE VIDEO, http://links.lww.com/SCJ/A239).
1Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo, New York;
2Buffalo Bills, Buffalo, New York;
3Sports Performance Research, Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand; and
4School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
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Jo Clubbis an Applied Sports Scientist for the Buffalo Bills (NFL) and the Buffalo Sabres (NHL).
Mike McGuiganworks at the Sports Performance Institute New Zealand based at the Auckland University of Technology.