The 21st century strength coach operates in the world of big data. On a daily basis we are exposed to countless data collection, data analysis and intervention opportunities.
While each of these monitoring systems can have merit, this exponential increase in data creates problems for coaches to filter signal from noise. Information overload can blind us to the more obvious issues right in front of us. We are humans first and coaches second and the human brain did not evolve to process such large amounts of data. Our eyes look for patterns and are often biased to see trends where none may exist. This is a particular challenge in team sports where there are large playing roster numbers, a chaotic environment and short time periods to assess and action our data. How do we quickly drill down to the data that is most meaningful? Who are the priority athletes? What data should be actionable and when?