An application has come to bring novelty to our daily sports life. The “Athlete 360” device, developed by the performance division of INSEP, aims to analyze the athlete from all angles by providing longitudinal monitoring.
After the sheathing and stretching, a new routine is being set up within our collective. We need to complete the Athlete 360 app. This should be done every morning, within 30 minutes of waking up. A one-minute “Wellness” questionnaire appears. First, the athlete must indicate his bedtime and his time to wake up. Then, he notes from 1 to 10 his sleep, his feelings, his level of fatigue and his motivation. In the last morning stage, a skeleton appears and the athlete clicks on areas of the body if unusual pain is felt.
Secondly, the application asks us to evaluate, always from 1 to 10 and after each training session, the physical and technical difficulty of the session. It is important to answer this questionnaire after training. Doing it after a shower or after eating can drop the intensity considerably.
For Bertrand Daille, one of the persons in charge of this application of the performance division of the INSEP, the objective of this tool lies in a better individualization of the training programs and a better prevention of injuries. For running events (athletics, swimming, etc.), a performance prediction can also be considered.
Beyond knowing the physical and mental state of the athlete (wellness), the application allows you to measure the intensity of a training session, better known under the name of RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion). Not every athlete responds in the same way to a training load. When a coach schedules a hard session, the RPE checks to see if the athlete felt it like this.
For some poles (judo, wrestling …), weight monitoring is offered by Athlete360. To facilitate data collection, the application can also be connected to a GPS or a heart rate monitor.
“The performance is multi-factorial, emphasizes Bertrand Daille. We must use the databases within Insep. The data can come from research laboratories, federations, medical, school, socio-professional monitoring. The objective is to centralize this information as well as possible and to support the coaches in the follow-up. This application is intended to be an extension of the training log. “
Bertrand Daille assures me: “We haven’t invented anything. In Anglo-Saxon countries, data collection has existed for 20 years, there is nothing new.” In France, the switch between training diaries and digital technology was longer. The managers of the performance division are very careful not to repeat the mistakes of certain professional teams, by going too far in collecting data. For the engineer, “A data perceived necessarily has a purpose. If there is no purpose, we will not capture the data.”
Well beyond knowing the times of going to bed and getting up, this application remains the opportunity to create a discussion between coaches and coaches. It brings, in a new way, new elements that promote exchange.
The coaches keep control of the programming but they must analyze the data collected. If the athlete expresses pain, discomfort or lassitude via the digital tool, the manager must discuss with his athlete so as not to leave a feeling of not listening.
This novelty, an essential component of training, can only work if each stakeholder is involved. The trainer, by his ability to provide feedback and adapt his sessions, the athlete, by his seriousness in responding daily and over the long term, remain the centerpieces of the proper functioning of the application.
Finally, the device makes it possible to return concretely to the state and development of each athlete. The data remains more reliable because little transformed by the memory.
In this holistic vision obviously resides a perspective on the Paris 2024 Games. The more the application has precise data on an athlete and over the long term, the more the performance will be optimized, and the more the athlete will be able to train hard, play with it. its limits without going through the injury box.