U of S Huskies women’s football team uses apps to track physical and mental health
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies Women’s Soccer Team uses technology to help them score.
The Huskies use a recording application called AthleteMonitoring. Players fill out a quiz on the app and self-report how they are feeling. The app tracks sleep, mood, stress, and pain.
“It’s an opportunity to stay in touch with our players, to always be ahead of any issues that may arise,” said Jerson Barandica-Hamilton, the team’s head coach.
He said using the app is a preventative step in treating injuries, and it’s a way for the coaching staff and the physiotherapist team to track how athletes are feeling both mentally. and physically.
The team is doing well this season and currently occupies first place in its division.
Barandica-Hamilton said it was important to monitor mental health.
“The biggest piece is [that] we’re dealing with student athletes, and these girls have a lot of stressors in their lives during these ages that they’re with us, ”he said.
He said some of the potential stressors for players include being a competitive athlete, education, work, finances and sometimes social issues.
If athletes are going through a difficult time and report feelings of stress, the coaching staff will deal with them on a case-by-case basis. This could include adjusting the player’s training load or just a quick check-in with the player before training. They could also refer athletes to additional resources such as university mental health coordinators.
“For them giving us a glimpse of how they are doing is really important because sometimes you just don’t see it on the surface,” said Barandica-Hamilton.
He said the response from the team has been positive in terms of using the app and most players have been consistent and diligent when it comes to reporting on it.
The app is not the only technology used by athletes. Last year, the team also started using Game Tracker, a small device worn by the athlete during the game. It connects to the satellite and allows the team to track a player’s distance traveled, jumps and speed.
Device data is also used to display a heat map, so the team can see where each player is spending most of their time on the pitch.
“It helps us understand the training load from a physiological perspective, but we also connected it to a tactical perspective,” said Barandica-Hamilton.
The team uses data from the device to help players understand which areas of the pitch they need to move to during a match.
He said the best benefit of using the technology was injury prevention, as well as the connection it made to the team.
“The fun with the players knowing that there will always be someone to take care of them – it just helps our team stay connected and healthy and that’s what we want,” he said. -he declares.
The team is currently ranked first in the Canada West East division. The Huskies need to win one more game to secure their place in the playoffs.