Three ways to improve your competition results with Athlete Analyzer
Updated: Sep 19, 2019
We often get the question “Will I get better results if I start to use Athlete Analyzer?” Well, it’s hard to make promises like that but we can see a clear trend among our users:
Club athletes using Athlete Analyzer will often enter the national teams within 1 to 2 years.
Athletes in national teams quite quickly start to get their first international results.
How can this be possible? What is the reason for these results?
It’s not just about to train harder, it’s about training smarter. It’s about learning from past contests and adjust the training accordingly. Simply put, let’s say you have 10 hours of training each week, why not make sure every hour is spent on enhancing your strengths and minimize your weaknesses? I’m sure most of us will agree that this might be a good idea.
Athlete Analyzer visualize match patterns and match events like scores and warnings down to lowest detail. How to use this gold mine of information is up to each athlete or coach in the team though.
Every now and then we get feedback from thankful users telling us different “success stories” or their “best practices” using Athlete Analyzer and we have decided to share some of them below in a general form. Unfortunately, many users often don’t want us to discuss it in detail to the public because they look at Athlete Analyzer as some sort of their “secret weapon”. But, we can explain some of the best practices in a general form which we do below.
Be aware of the efficiency of your techniques (judo)
Athlete Analyzer visualize the efficiency of the techniques used by the athlete. That is, the percentage of scores when attempting each technique.
Quite often the users will discover interesting facts. We have several users telling us that the most attempted technique has proved to be much less efficient than other less used techniques.
Some techniques are attempted for other reasons than to score. “Old habit”, “I feel secure while attacking” or even “I thought this was my most efficient technique but when I analyzed it I confused it with successful attempts on randoris. It doesn’t work well during contests”. We have users telling us that some of their most used techniques actually has a very bad outcome, a very low score rate and even lower ippon rate and sometimes even leads to counter attacks and ultimate loosing contests.
Keeping track of the technique efficiency is one of the easy analysis that is possible with Athlete Analyzer. Why not use the techniques with a high efficiency more often? Don’t confuse what happens in practice and the outcome in competition. This strategy has helped many athletes to improve their game considerably and brought quick and remarkably results.
Analysis of active and resting periods in contests (judo)
This analysis request was brought to our attention by Luis Monteiro in Portugal, thank you! Different athletes have different match patterns, that is the length between hajime and mate (active period) and the length between mate and hajime (resting period). The difference can be quite significant between different athletes in the team.
Randoris is often practiced in a very traditional way like X times 3-5 minutes of randori. Quite often it’s divided in tachi waza randori and ne waza randori too. This is very far from how contests looks like.
Why not train randori in a way that mimics the match pattern for the athlete instead?
Athlete Analyzer will show the match pattern for each athlete. For instance, if an athlete has an average active period of 20 sec ranging from 15 to 27 seconds and an average resting period of 7 sec ranging from 5 sec to 9 sec – why not train on this during randoris leading up to important competitions? And also allow to transition from tachi waza to ne waza while doing it?
Simply put, why not adjust the training to match how the athlete’s contests looks like? Well, many of our users do this based on information from Athlete Analyzer and have reached great results.
Road to Victory, create your game plan (BJJ)
The BJJ version of Athlete Analyzer has a more or less visualized road to victory called matchflow. From every situation that has happened in competition the system visualizes the probability for a win (or a loose) based on your previous contests. Use this information to enhance your winning strategies and make sure to practice the situations which often leads to losses. Athlete Analyzer basically show you what game plan that works best for you.