Definition of computed metrics in GPS tracking devices

Nowadays, sports industry enjoys the availability of a multitude of tracking devices, ready to precisely capture several aspects of the athlete’s activity. This abundance of assets leads to an undue number of parameters and metrics, that worth to be continuously monitored. Obviously, from the sports performance analysis perspective, it is imperative to review the existing metrics and end up with the critical ones. Or an alternative, completely refactored, approach…

EVO4HP considers the applicability of the analyzed variables along with the relevant research findings, in the context of their implications for professional practice. Tracking device companies use – more or less – the same raw data. The same applies for the computed metrics, which are usually highly correlated (algebraic combination of raw data) with no units of measurement! Things get even worse when it comes to defining those metrics’ context; different definitions are adopted even for the same metrics (e.g. ACWR).

At EVO4HP, we believe it is time to create a common language in sports performance, scientifically approved and understandable by everyone. Definitions and classifications of variables used within performance analysis are discussed of reliability and validity. For instance, we propose to interpret the athlete “load” according to the engineering approach – forces or momentums calculated in newton or Newton * meters, respectively. In the same line, the use of “stress” parameter should be expressed as a forces/area ratio, a characteristic parameter for every construction and material. We strongly believe that the future metrics will engage performance staff in a system international path and bring about credibility and applied knowledge to every single user.