Many of our Athos partners are working on their off-season programs, reflecting on their past seasons and using data to better understand their ups and downs; wins, losses, injuries, and individual performances. On top of understanding the overall load demands, our coaches are using Athos data to address how their programming varied throughout the past year, was executed, and what changes they can make in the off-season to get ahead of load and movement demands of the in-season.
To prep for 2019, the Performance Coaches from a Pac-12 Football program wanted to identify at-large their teams’ main point of weakness and where in their 2019 program they needed to make the most changes. Looking at the team’s Athos data from June – December 2018 it was apparent that the Glute:Hamstring ratio was the biggest at-risk metrics across the team. 48% of the team’s sessions were flagged as missing the Athos Glute:Hamstring goal of >0.85. This goals helps to ensure that movements are driven by glute contribution, ideally >1.0, and flags athlete sessions where hamstring contribution is 15% higher than the glute contribution. Athos has shown that red flags on Glute:Hamstring ratio are associated with decreased performance, alongside hamstring and low back strains, knee injury. The second area of concern for this team were their hamstring imbalances. 29% of the team’s sessions were flagged as missing the Athos Hamstring Imbalance goal of <30% imbalance across the muscle group. This goals helps to ensure that muscle groups are equivalent recruited, ideally <15% imbalance, and flags athlete sessions where hamstring imbalance is 30% across the muscle group. Athos has shown that red flags on hamstring imbalances are associated with hamstring strain, hamstring and knee pain, and structural alignment.
To identify where in their program they could make significant changes to improve the outcomes of the 2019 season, the coaches looked at how the muscle recruitment profile of their team changed from their summer and camp programs through the season. First, the coaches wanted to know how overall glute contribution changed as they have been modifying and individualizing dynamic warmups to include more glute activation work. Then, by looking at the overall Anterior:Posterior ratio alongside the Quad:Hamstring and Glute:Hamstring ratio, would help address which recruitment profiles were seeing the most significant changes.