Two years ago, GGC’s Women’s Soccer Team began using Titan1+ by Titan Sensor. The sensor, contained in vests worn by the players, is a GPS monitoring system that collects information about a player’s performance during games and training sessions.
“It’s helped us really to take some of the subjectivity out of coaching,” said Head Coach Mike Giuliano.
The sensors are helping the coaches and players, especially through the maximum exertion data and the readiness survey.
“We can show exactly how many hours we slept, how our body is feeling, so we can pin point specific locations of soreness and how sore those areas are, and we can tell [the coaches] how stressed we are, how happy we are that day,” said Elisa Randel, a senior and captain on the team.
The sensors have many capabilities, including the ability to track a player’s total distance, total sprint count, and maximum speed.
However, according to the coaches and players interviewed by The Globe, two significant features of the sensors are the maximum exertion data and the readiness survey.
The maximum exertion data—how hard a player is working—is an important feature of the Titan sensors this year because it is helping the players increase their work rate.
Often a player does not realize that she is not reaching her maximum exertion, and the sensors can help correct the mistake.
“Being able to actually see how hard you’re exerting yourself and how much you’re exerting yourself helps motivate me,” said Carina Vincelli, a freshman on the team.
The readiness survey allows the players to report their sleep duration, sleep quality, fatigue, mood, soreness, and stress.
“[The readiness survey] gives the players an opportunity to really, specifically tell the coaches how they are doing that day,” said Randel.
Coach Giuliano noted that the readiness survey helps the coaching staff ensure the players are taking care of themselves.
“You’ll see a relation when there are more tests, quizzes, and midterms coming up. The stress level tends to go up, the hours of sleep go down,” said Assistant Coach Andrea Kaminski. “I like it because then you can check in on them.”
The readiness survey not only tracks the mental health of the players, but also helps monitor the physical recovery of the players, which in turn helps other members of the GGC Athletic Staff.
“One other thing that really helps, too, is I try to show James [GGC Athletics’ Strength and Conditioning Coach] the soreness part, like after they lift. Yesterday they squatted, so today I should probably send him a screenshot and say, ‘Hey, here’s their soreness level,’” said Coach Kaminski. “He finds that helpful, as well, so it helps another department.”
The GGC women’s soccer team finished the season with 14 wins, 5 loses, and 1 tie. The team won their conference championship for the third year in a row. They are now in Indiana where they will face Trinity Christian for the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.