Your personal Ippon Highlights

Who doesn’t love to look at great Ippons? We all do, especially our own Ippons! 🙂 Now we have a real treat for our valued customers as we’re introducing Ippon Highlights!

Athlete Analyzer Judo is a professional software for all ambitious judokas and their coaches but sometimes we just want to have fun and look at some of our proudest moments!

How does it work?

Just log in and your latest Ippons in Nage Waza will greet you in your dashboard. If you don’t see any Ippons you have to wait until you have tagged one, so start uploading your match videos and start tagging. The video playlist is created automatically when you have tagged an Ippon in an uploaded match video.

As a coach, you’ll have to click on view on your athlete to see their dashboard.

Any requests?

Stay tuned as we will soon release more fun features on the same theme, both for athletes and coaches. If you have any suggestions about further functionality regarding video or something else don’t hesitate to contact us.

Collaborate within your organization

Athlete Analyzer Judo is all about having all coaches around each athlete collaborate and help the athlete to reach her or his next level, throughout the career. The purpose with our new price model is to make it easier for our customers to bring in more of their coaches and judokas on different levels into the system.

If more coaches within an organization use the system they can more easily collaborate in order to support the athletes even more. One coach can focus on the judo training and another coach can be focusing on strength and conditioning. Your physiotherapist can add rehab plans for injured athletes so every coach can follow the progress.  Other coaches (or even parents) can help out with film the contests and upload them to Athlete Analyzer. Our new Price Model makes it possible for our users to bring in all (up to eight! coaches) to collaborate in their organization.

We also want to make a contribution to the judo community by introducing a FREE version of Athlete Analyzer Judo for athletes.

Team Coach Package: Up to eight coaches within the same organization for only 24.99 €/month (or 249 €/year). Unlimited access to unlimited number of athletes.

Athlete Free: This is a free version of Athlete Analyzer for athletes. This subscription comes with the basic functionality of Athlete Analyzer but has little less features and less video storage than Athlete Pro. Athlete Free also contains ads. Athlete Free is a good choice for younger athletes to start with before they need the more advanced features offered by Athlete Pro. We recommend that you start with Athlete Free from 13 years of age and then upgrade to Athlete Pro based on the athletes’ ambition level.

These new subscriptions make it possible for an entire organization to start up with Athlete Analyzer Judo for only 24.99 €/month!

Check out our price plans and compare versions here: https://athleteanalyzer.com/pricing/

This new version of Athlete Analyzer Judo is a major update. We have been working on it for more than six months and it has literally hundreds of enhancements.

We want to express our deepest gratitude to all our users that have shared their thoughts and ideas with us. There’re many different ideas and approaches among different countries in our judo community. In this new version of Athlete Analyzer Judo we have tried to cook down these ideas and bring you the best possible tool for all your needs concerning planning and analyze judo. There’re too many new features to write about in just one blog post so we’ll explain them more in detail in the weeks to come. We also want to thank our Beta testers who have shared their valued feedback. THANK YOU!

Are we done, is the system complete? Not in any way, our to-do list is full of exciting features to come!

New User Interface

Athlete Analyzer Judo comes now with a brand new User Interface. We have implemented a new modern color theme and enhanced the readability.

New Navigation

The navigation in the system has got a major update. It’s easier to quickly change between different parts of the system. This affects in particular the coach version. It’s now much easier to change athlete without going through the coach dashboard. Go directly inte each athlete’s calendar with one click.

New Dashboard

We have updated the dashboards for booth the coaches and the athletes. The dashboards have shortcuts so it’s easier to get where you need to go.

Updated graphs

We have updated and even replaced the various graphs in the system. This in order to enhance the visual experience and make important data to stand out even more.

New video tag editor

We have listened carefully to our users feedback and focused on making the video tagging even easier to use. It’s now even possible to zoom in at the timeline for those contests with many events close in time. All events are easily editable in the new event list.

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.

 

Collaboration between coaches and athletes on different levels like national, regional and clubs can be really complex and time consuming. There are many aspects to consider like training plans, technical and tactical improvements but also competition planning and a lot of other things. All information have to be distributed between the levels to make it possible to collaborate.

Even just in a club with several coaches this could a hurdle and take away the some of the focus from what actually matters – the athletes.

Most organisations on different levels have created different administrative routines to manage their work. Often with office software like Word or Excel distributed via home pages or email. Many organisations have one system for reporting training, another system for match analysis and different routines for setting goals and do follow ups regarding technical and tactical aspects of their athletes. Each organisation has created it’s own solution and it’s hard to get an optimized information flow that simplifies collaboration between different levels.

Analyzing judo and training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of you will probably recognize the situation illustrated in the picture above. It’s difficult and time consuming to gather all needed information and even more harder to analyze it efficiently. In fact, that’s why we decided to create Athlete Analyzer – a complete judo software to keep everything needed in one place and enhance collaboration.

Training plans & diaries: The coaches create training plans and the athletes reports each workout. If the athletes uses the app they can report their training as done with one click. That’s quite straight forward and forms the base for the training plans and diaries.Coaches can also collaborate while creating plans. One coach can update judo sessions and another coach can update the strength and conditioning sessions. They can also add other events like camps or competitions in the same plan. Every update in the plan will instantly update all athletes calendars. Another collaboration feature is that for example a national coach can share a basic plan like “Build up period Cadets” to club coaches. The club coaches can then share that plan to all their cadets in the club. This saves a lot of time and also spread “Best practices” from national level down to club level.

Match videos: One decision we made early on was to let the athletes analyze and tag their contests by themselves. There are several reasons for this. The athletes need to watch their contests and reflect on what happened. It makes the athletes more engaged and makes it also a lot easier to discuss the situations and the outcome with their coaches. And to be honest, a coach with let’s say ten athletes saves a lot of time if the athletes tag their own contests. All coaches connected to the athlete can then easily analyze the contests and provide valuable feedback. All feedback are displayed below each video in a thread format making it easy to read the other coaches’ feedback.

Development plans & Goals: Coaches and the athletes themselves can set goals for basically every aspect in the system, for example “More Harai goshi from right neck grip”. The system keep track of all tags done by the athlete from the videos and when the goal is met all coaches gets an notification automatically. It also makes it very clear for all coaches around the athlete what they should focus on during future training sessions.

We have made a short video explaining how Athlete Analyzer works. Don’t forget to turn up the volume and please share it among your judo friends.