There is a great appreciation for the application of physiological monitoring within competition for individual sports. Physiological monitoring allows feedback on exercise dose-response, exercise intensity, and exercise performance. Both subjective and objective parameters are commonly measured in the field sports, but research investigating the accuracy and applicability of monitoring tools in a competitive environment for individual athletes is limited. This narrative review highlights the strengths and weaknesses of individual devices to measure a variety of parameters, including physiological performance, and biochemical and subjective parameters. Based on an analysis of the existing scientific literature, practical applications are provided for coaches.
1Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland;
2Physical Education and Sports Sciences Department, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland; and
3Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board (IHRB), Kildare Co., Kildare, Ireland
Address correspondence to Dr. Michael Kiely, Mikeykiely@hotmail.com.
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Michael Kielyis a researcher in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Waterford Institute of Technology.
Giles Warringtonis a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Department Head in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department of the University of Limerick.
Adrian McGoldrickis the Senior Medical Officer with the Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board.
SarahJane Cullenis an Assistant Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and course leader for the Sport and Exercise Science in Waterford Institute of Technology.