The recovery test in Firstbeat Sports is based on overnight heart rate analysis. The recovery index is calculated from the first four sleeping hours providing accurate information on the recovery processes. Recovery index is affacted by the heart rate and heart rate variablility indeces (HF and LF power) and it is presented in both absolute number and in percentages of maximum recovery.
To get the most out of the recovery analysis, we recommend to use the recovery assessment in the following conditions:
- Measure the baseline recovery level for each player before the season. This makes further comparisons of the recovery status more accurate during the season.
- Pay special attention to players whose subjective feelings and performance level indicate symptoms of fatique.
- Measure how long it generally takes to recover from the games and apply this information in training planning.
- Players with the highest and lowest Training Effect value in team training are suggested to be monitored
Recovery test report provides also follow-up chart from previous recovery index levels. The chart helps the coach visually see how well the overloading periods have conducted and when the athlete is ready again for harder training.
Professional athletes train up to 25 hours a week, but how are the rest of the week’s 143 hours taken into account in training planning? Leisure time – the things athletes do or don’t do – affects the overall training load and ability to recover. Firstbeat stress analysis provides concrete tools to measure how the other factors than training are affecting on body. With illustrative reporting the athletes can be guided to look after their wellbeing in their civil life as well to support the concept of being an athlete 24/7.
- See how travel affects the body and adopt practices that promote the recovery process (when and what to eat/drink, cool- downs, breaks/naps while traveling, etc.)
- Determine if lifestyle-related factors promote or reduce recovery among players
- Pay special attention to athletes who are going through big changes in their “civil life” (e.g. worries, newborn child, school and work stress)