Whilst every effort is made to ensure that players are optimally prepared for the demands of training and games, each player will respond in different ways physically at different stages of the season.

High intensity training in close proximity to games, poor nutritional habits, lack of adherence to recovery protocols and poor sleep patterns are just a few things that could negatively affect a player’s ability to effectively train or play. Prior to, during and after training and games, it is essential that every effort has been made to prevent injury and ultimately optimise performance and the quality of each and every activity.

Readiness to train : Subjective Assessments

How to structure a system where players respond to a series of questions on a regular basis to establish both team and individual trends that provide invaluable feedback about the frequency, intensity and duration of training. Manipulating training for certain individuals based on monitoring their daily response could just be the difference between players being available for selection or not.

Readiness to Train : Objective Assessments

How to introduce ‘Non Invasive’ tests that, if performed consistently, can paint a very good picture of a players’ state of ‘wellness’ in relation to baseline values over time. This not only flags up warning signs that help coaches make an informed decision about what to do with a player on any given day, but it prompts the medical and sports science team to look deeper into “why” such signs are apparent and intervene to ensure the player remains fit for selection.

Readiness to Train : Database

How to use the ‘high tech’ yet simple readiness database to identify ‘red flags’ which enables the coach or staff member to make quick informed decisions about each individual player. Using a traffic light system, every player’s readiness profile can be observed at a glance or in as much depth as required.