That’s a question that we get quite often when we’re meeting interested coaches and athletes. Often, we end up in quite interesting discussions. Some of our visitors think that Athlete Analyzer Judo is for the very top elite level judokas and their coaches. That’s not the case and during our conversations, they often change their minds and think quite different.

We recommend that judokas start using Athlete Analyzer Judo from 13-14 years and up. In this age, the judoka starts to reflect more about his or her judo and is quite often also changing their judo accordingly to their body growth. Athlete Analyzer Judo makes it easy to highlight both their strengths and weaknesses and that is a strong motivational factor for further training. It’s also easy to spot unwanted patterns like picking up unnecessary shidos during contests. So, it’s a good thing starting as pre-cadet to form a baseline for future training and analysis. But, this is of course quite depending on the ambition level of the judoka.

As the judoka mowing up through cadet and junior level the system makes it easier to get new insights. Some techniques that worked well earlier gets a lower efficiency, new techniques prove to work more efficiently during contests. They also increase their complimentary training making the training plans more complex than before. In this age, they are also more likely to have more coaches around them then before. Maybe they enter a regional team or hopefully even the national team. If the judoka has used AAJ since before the new coaches will have a veritable goldmine of information and can very quickly help the judoka towards their next level.

What about the coaches? Well, AAJ makes collaboration between coaches easier as they can help each other. One coach can plan judo sessions, another coach can plan the strength training and another the cardio within the club. All in one place and easily shared with the judokas. It’s also possible to collaborate between different levels. For instance, a cadet national coach will of course share the training plan to the national cadet team but the coach he can also share the same plan to club coaches. The club coaches can easily adjust the plan accordingly to suit the club and then share it to all cadets in the club. In this way, it’s easy to spread “best practice” among clubs in a country. It’s not always necessary to invent the wheel over and over again.

One thing we all agree on – you never stop learning judo, whatever your current level. There’s always something that can be improved even further and Athlete Analyzer Judo makes it a lot easier as it let the coaches support all their judokas a lot more, in less time.

Listen to Neil Adams talking about the importance of keeping a training diary and the benefits doing so with Athlete Analyzer Judo. With Athlete Analyzer Judo, coaches can create and share training plans to all their athletes. Whenever they need and wherever they are. It’s easy to adjust the plan when needed for a group of athletes or for an individual athlete. All data can be analyzed at any time by both the coach and the athlete. Neil also talks about the problem regarding over training for some athletes. In Athlete Analyzer Judo there are built in charts covering this in “Training Insights”. Read more about Training Insights here.

If you’re several coaches in your team you can collaborate when managing the plans. One coach can add the judosessions and another coach can add the strength and conditioning sessions. Your physio terapeut can add rehab sessions when needed. Updated training plans are instantly updated in your athletes calendars.

You can read more about training plans in Athlete Analyzer in our help pages

We have now released a completely new video solution that contain many new improvements.

New Player

The new player both loads faster and contains some new features such as frame-by-frame and more playback speeds.

Resumable Uploads

It is now possible to resume a failed video upload. No need to start from the beginning just select the file again and it will continue from where you left. Even better, if you upload from the App you can now pause and resume uploads whenever you want. Don’t forget to update your App.

Select Video Resolution

You can now choose if you want to store your videos in HD or SD. If you choose to store them in SD, you will be able to store roughly 4 times as many videos than you can with the HD option. Go to your profile and select what resolution you want to use. This setting will only affect new videos. The default setting is SD. 

More Storage

With the new solution we have increased the storage for all users. To save storage we recommend users to use the SD option for videos which is sufficient in most cases.

Nicklas Björklund

Public Pages for judokas, teams and coaches

by Nicklas Björklund on

Why public pages?

There are many benefits to display your public pages in Athlete Analyzer Judo. Public pages are for judokas, teams, coaches and most of all – your fans and supporters.

The public pages works similar for everyone. Set it up once and let the system update your careers automatically. Here’s a short breakdown of the features and benefits with Athlete Analyzer Judo Public pages.

Public pages for athletes

Write a short story about yourself, your goals and what motivates you to take your judo to the next level. Add a nice profile picture and optional some great action photos on the tatamis. If you have any sponsors make sure to add their logos and links to their website. Next step is to add your other channels you may have as Facebook, Instagram, JudoInside, Judobase and so on. You can choose which of your coaches you want to be displayed giving them a little attention as well.

You can also add a Paypal “Donate button” making it possible for fans to contribute so you can focus even more on your quest to be number one. PayPal takes a small transaction fee but the rest is yours – we know how hard it could be to finance a judo career.

Every time you add a new competition the result will be updated on your public page without any additional work which makes your pages always up to date. It’s easy to share your page on social media giving more attention to you and of course your sponsors. This makes it real easy to have your fans and sponsors updated without any additional work from your side. Yes, you know why – so you can focus even more on your quest to be number one without leaving your fans behind.

Public pages for teams

The public pages for teams works about the same as for athletes. Add some information about your great organisation and your logo,some nice pictures, social networks and your sponsors. You can add a PayPal Donate button making it possible for your team to get some well needed additional funding’s.

Every athlete’s results will be displayed on your team map automatically. See your the results from your team spread out over the world and make sure to spread the word by sharing your page frequently.

Public pages for coaches

This is a new one – public pages for coaches. Why’s that? Well, many coaches do an awesome work putting down their skills and often a lot of their time helping their athletes to achieve their goals. We think it could be a nice thing to put them in the spotlight as well! How it works? To put it simply – quite similar as for the team pages. All your athlete’s results will be added automatically and you will soon be amazed over how many results there will be. You can even add your own PayPal Donate button and who knows, maybe get some funding for that coffee between your athlete’s contests? 😉

 

Well, that’s the main functionality of the profile pages. The focus for us have been to make it as easy as possible to create as much attention and impact for our beloved sport Judo in general and your career in particular. We hope that you will love it and make sure to share your pages as much as possible and remember – sharing is caring 🙂

Nicklas Björklund

Upload of judo matches and video size

by Nicklas Björklund on

To analyze your judo you’ll of course need some data to analyze. All analysis charts displays data from tagged match events from your uploaded match videos so there’s no way around to upload your videos. Over time your tagged match events will provide a great resource in order to analyze your judo in various ways.

Upload your judo videos

The easiest way to get your match videos to our server is to let a friend record your matches from your smartphone and then upload the videos using the app. Just beware that your videos can be large so make sure to use a wifi connection if you don’t have a lot of mobile data. You can also of course upload your judo matches from a computer if you prefer that. Just make sure your computer don’t enter energy save during the upload process as it might interrupt the upload.

Video size

Sometimes your friends will continue to record the match after soremade which often is quite unnecessary, at least for analyzing purposes. In order to keep down the size of your videos there’s a lot of time saving to gain if you just end the recording after soremade. Another tip is to win your matches quick which will result in small and neat video sizes 😉

Some users pause the recording during mate to save video size. This is not recommended because we’ll soon add new charts for analyzing the time during your active and passive periods in your matches. Sometimes if there’s a long break due to injury or the referees having a long discussion or something else you might have to pause but otherwise, keep recording.

You can also experiment which resolution you record your videos in. A high resolution will of course result in a large video size. We recommend that you use 720p resolution which is sufficient in most cases.

You can read more about upload and the video library here

Read more about tagging match events in your videos here

Andrew Burns MSc

Using training load and RPE effectively

by Andrew Burns MSc on

Monitoring the training load of athletes in training and competition is a very hot topic in coaching science right now. With this trend, and with the speed in which new technologies such as ‘wearables’ are being developed it is important we understand the why and the how to measure and optimize these important markers.

Firstly, the why? Research had proven that monitoring training load effectively can help the coach in deciding when to push the athlete harder, and perhaps more importantly when to reign it back (Bourdon et al, 2017). The practice of effective monitoring of training load, allows the coach to make evidence informed decisions. This can significantly decrease the rate of injury and illness. ultimately leading to improved performance through a reduction of ‘lost’ training days throughout the year.

As well as reducing injury and illness occurrences, monitoring training load builds our knowledge on how the athlete’s respond and adapt to the stimulus of training, helps inform the design of future training programs and by individualising the training based on monitoring results, can enhance performance.

Next the how? There are many ways to monitor training load, these can be grouped in two way. Internal load such as blood lactate, heart rate, and rate of perceived exertion (RPE). External load is more objective, such as weight lifted, power output, time-motion analysis and many more. A great monitoring system integrates both elements to provide insight into the status of the athlete.

The two measures we use in conjunction are: Session duration (in minutes), usually this excludes the warm-up and focuses on the specific content of the session, however I prefer to include this time in the total duration figure because we focus the warm-up on developing gymnastic ability, mobility, and general motor performance which ultimately leads to improved performance. Rate of perceived exertion (RPE) refers to how intense the athlete felt the session was (on a scale of 0-10), and by multiplying both numbers together we get the training load (TL) for that session. For example a technical based session may be 120 minutes, with a RPE of 3, which equates to TL = 360.  Opposed to a shorter, more intense randori session of 60 mins, at a RPE of 9 TL = 540

In practice this is simple, the coach sets the duration and intensity (RPE) of a session during their planning, and then the athlete enters the data based on their actual training load completed after the training session has taken place (often sooner rather than later). For example, a randori session may be planned for 90 minute and look something like this: –

0-20 mins Warm-up. Mobility, pulse raiser, gymnastic movements, judo specific movements

20-50 mins Ne-waza. 5 x 4 minutes starting from nage-komi

50-80 mins. Tachi-waza. 6 x 3 minutes high pace.

80-90 minutes. Cool-down and flexibility/active recovery.

Once the session is completed, the athlete enters the duration of the session (they may not complete the whole session due to injury, tapering or another reason), followed by their rating of how hard the session was. With the athletes I work with we use the Lego scale (to make it more interesting and give them some context to the numbers). There are lots of resources like this around that give a practical sense of how to use RPE, and by adding descriptions to the rating, it usually makes it easier for the athlete to accurately gauge how hard the session was. Typically we find technical sessions score 4-5 on effort, and randori comes in much higher from 8-10 varying depending on if we are training at home, on a training camp or in a completion phase.

 

References

Bouron, P., Cardinale, M., Murray, A., Gastin, P., Kellmann, M., Varley, M., Gabbett, T., Coutts, A., Burgess, D., Gregson, W., Cable, N. (2017). Monitoring Athlete Training Load: Consensus Statement. International Journal of Sport Physiology and Performance. 12 (2) 161-170.

 

Life as a judo coach is very intense where you are responsible for planning, practices and competitions. What can be very time consuming is all the travelling to different training camps and competitions.

One of the biggest advantages with Athlete Analyzer is that I can still follow my pupils progress in training camps and competitions through the video analysis though I am not present on all the events. Its a great tool where I in my obscence still can manage to deliver feedback and also receive information to modify our training methods at home.

Gabriel Bengtsson, Head Coach, Borås Judo Club

 

In Athlete Analyzer all coaches connected to an athlete have access to the athlete’s match videos. It’s easy to give feedback and also create bookmarks in the video for direct access to match situations.

Judo feedback software

 

Give access to your plans to the other coaches. Several coaches in your team can help build the same plan. One can plan all the judo training, another all the strength and conditioning and a third all competitions and camps.

Use week planning. Individual training sessions can often be planned on a week level instead of a day level. Doing so means that you no longer have keep track of your athletes’ weakly schedule and the athletes can plan their week according to their own schedule.

No need to plan everything at once. Athlete Analyzer is built for continual planning and any changes you make to a plan will become available for every follower instantaneously. Plan a only few weeks ahead and then continuously add training sessions by time.

Individual planning. Don’t create training plans for single athletes. Instead go directly to their calendar and plan their training. This saves time for both you and the athlete.

We have recently released “Structured goals” in Athlete Analyzer enabling coaches and athletes to set goals based on their analysis from training and competitions. Having clear goals are highly motivating and also help coaches to collaborate for the benefit for their athletes.

With Athlete Analyzer it’s very easy to analyze an athlete’s scoring in Nage Waza and see their patterns regarding every aspect like throwing directions, kumi kata and much more. The data comes from the tagging of match events in the match videos done by the athletes.

 

Throwing directions judo analyze software

It’s possible to create goals on every aspect regarding scoring in Nage Waza but in this example we can see that the athlete lacks throws at the direction North West and want to set a new goal for increase throws in that direction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We create a fairly straightforward goal of more (3 during the period) Osoto gari at North West using a right neck grip:

Set structured goals for judo

The judoka will now have this new goal:

Goals for Osoto Gari

All coaches with a relation with the athlete can see the goal and can focus the technical training for the athlete on Osoto gari in the dojo.

When the athlete has managed to throw with Osoto gari at North East in a competition the goal starts to be fulfilled:

Goals for judo throw Osoto Gari

When the athlete reach the goal the athlete will receive a badge and all coaches around the athlete will get a notification. This makes it very easy to collaborate between the athlete and all his/her coaches. 

Set goals for Judo Nage waza

 

“Structured goals” in Athlete Analyzer gives you the possibility to set very detailed complex goals regarding Nage Waza, Ne Waza, Competition results, training and other more general goals.

Dr Mike Callan

The importance of goals in judo

by Dr Mike Callan on

As coaches we set goals for our judoka, either instinctively or consciously.

”try to use your ashiwaza in this next randori.”

”first person to score can stay out.”

”you must attack first.”

All coaches will be able to reflect on their own use of such motivational statements, which are actually setting task goals or ego goals for the judoka. Working with more experienced judoka, we often work with them to encourage them to set their own goals for the randori or contest, or competition.

This approach is supported by researchers, for example, Ziv and Lidor in 2013, and Gernigon and colleagues in 2004.

Until now, the available ways that coaches have to measure, record goals and their achievement has been very limited. In the modern world there are plenty of software solutions aimed at supporting the coach, but the unique nature of judo means that technical goals are ignored by  most of the options.

Athlete Analyzer Judo, is designed by judo coaches for judo coaches, and provides coaching tools specific to our crazy sport. Like all good coaches, Nicklas and his team are constantly developing, innovating and experimenting with new approaches. The latest innovation, ”Structured Goals”, takes this software onto another level.

”Structured Goals” builds on what the literature tells us about psychology of judoka, and sports performers, and puts it into a judo-specific format that can be used to deliver ”Evidence Based Coaching”. It allows you to measure the effectiveness of your goal setting and impact on the motivation of judoka.

Good luck in all your efforts.

References

Ziv, G. and Lidor, R. (2013) Psychological Preparation of Competitive judokas – A Review.  Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 12, 371-380
Gernigon, C., d’Arripe-Longueville, F., Delignieres, D. and Ninot, G. (2004) A dynamical systems perspective on goal involvement states in sport. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology 26, 572-596.