Two Universities Run Preliminary Trials of RocketBody for Teams
One of the greatest challenges for coaches and trainers at all levels is maximizing recovery for their athletes between training sessions. Even if variables like sleep, diet, training intensity and training frequency are carefully looked after, the fact is that each individual athlete recovers at a
different rate, and a one-size-fits-all approach is guaranteed to be suboptimal for the majority of these athletes.
Experience has proven that non-scientific methods like eye tests and questionnaires are imprecise at best, and in some cases can be totally misleading. The problem of optimizing recovery goes to the very heart of competitive sports, because as any coach or trainer knows,
few things can cause performance to plummet more than inadequate recovery.
RocketBody for Teams was developed as a novel way to attack this problem. Using EKG readings to track metabolic rate and identify peak training periods, it gives coaches and trainers easy access to vital information they’ve never had before.
This past summer, two schools in the US were chosen for a trial run of this technology — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and Norwich University in Vermont.
Each university’s strength and conditioning coach (both former pro athletes) decided to test RocketBody on themselves before deploying it with their athletic teams. After just two weeks of using the app, they were already surprised with their results. Here is what they found.
Sergio Merino — Head Strength; Conditioning Coach, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer is the oldest technological research university in the United States, and to this day it remains at the cutting edge of innovation, striving to make new discoveries in fields like science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as sports science.
Sergio Merino, an innovator by nature, fits well into this environment. A constant student of sports science and training philosophy, his office is filled to the ceiling with books on these subjects. He believes that applying new techniques and striving for innovation not only benefits his teams in competition, but also attracts student athletes to Rensselaer’s programs.
The strength and conditioning department at Rensselaer is responsible for 21 teams, 6 of which Sergio directly oversees. Given this large base of teams, staying on top of each athlete’s recovery using existing methods is borderline impossible. So naturally, Sergio was looking for an easier way to track the training loads on his athletes.
RocketBody’s simplicity and intuitive nature was one of the things that stood out to Sergioduring his trial.
“I really liked the ease of use,” Sergio reported. “Syncing to the phone app was a simplemprocess as well as measuring.”
“The ability to get future performance prediction after a few days of measuring was useful in syncing up with subjective measures. I would like to move forward with having our student-athletes as well as my assistant coaches use the product.”
He also noted that RocketBody delivers usable data very quickly, and this is one of the reasons he plans to implement it with his assistant coaches and athletes.
Neal Anderson — Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach and Assistant Athletic Director, Norwich University
Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the US, and the birthplace of ROTC
(Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). Their athletic department, which consists of 20 different teams, faces a unique challenge: over 70% of Norwich’s 600 students are military.
Since their student athletes are in many cases pulling double duty between sports and military training, overtraining is even more of an issue at Norwich than at the average university. This is what spurred their search for a better way to track training loads and recovery.
One of the things that Mr. Anderson noticed in his trial with RocketBody was that the workout suggestions were spot on for any given day.
“It was funny: some days it tells me I am more ready for anaerobic exercises. So I go and start doing pushups and pull-ups and I feel good! Before, without that type of information I would just do whatever I was going to do and chances were I’d feel weak.”
“For example, sometimes I would feel like taking a run. But then I start running and I’m like, ‘Oh God, I am out of energy.’ With RocketBody’s extra feedback I have the information like, ‘If you’re gonna do a workout today you should probably not be running.”
Given the positive results that Mr. Anderson experienced, Norwich thinks about testing the technology out on a larger scale, with up to 50% of their student athletes next season.
One of the main reasons for their interest is RocketBody’s predictive function, as it can forecast a team’s training readiness for the next week. This is especially useful for a university like Norwich, where it is necessary to coordinate military and sports training for many athletes.
Stay tuned for more news about RocketBody product trials.