I have been invited to give a talk about my research at Tampere University of Technology.
This was a nice opportunity for me to go over what is now more than ten years of work I have done in the field. I started back in 2009 developing hardware, firmware and software for wearable sensors, and then went into a PhD in data science applied to physical activity. Eventually, this work led me to the entrepreneurial route, starting companies with the goal of furthering our knowledge on complex relations between physiology, health and performance, thanks to large-scale studies and user generated data. This process brought me to my current goal, which is to empower the individual decision making process with accurate, transparent and effective tools such as HRV4Training.
I tried to provide a decent overview in this talk, you can find the slides below or at this link.
“While training prescription is one important part of the physiological puzzle, the other key component is in assessing the ability of the athlete to be able to tolerate training load. With this information at hand, we are able to make informed coaching decisions which will maintain an effective training stress balance. In support of this, we have partnered with HRV4Training to provide this insight and ensure that we remain at the forefront of athlete monitoring, vital to maximising the potential of our nation’s swimmers”
Couldn’t say it better myself. Thank you Swim Ireland for your continued support and all the best to coaches and athletes for the upcoming season and the Olympics.
As part of my new master's in high-performance coaching at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, I had the opportunity to start a research project with the Dutch Triathlon Federation, using HRV4Training to monitor physiological adaptations to a training camp (more on this later, the goal is to publish our research, so I am sure we'll have more to report later during the year).
I am really grateful for this opportunity.
One of the main reasons why I went back to school was the possibility to spend more time with people valuing our work and try to help them make better use of the technology, as opposed to spending most of my time coding (which I still enjoy!).
I found an amazing environment at Dutch triathlon, with knowledgeable and humble coaches and athletes, and I can't wait to keep learning from them and to try to provide a little contribution to their work.
Thank you for having me yesterday at the facilities during performance testing, and all the best for the upcoming season.
Special thanks to Men's Health for featuring our work in January's issue. Great points on how training and lifestyle stressors pile up, and how using tools such as HRV4Training can allow athletes and coaches to better balance such stressors, improving health and performance in the long term.