The Pillars of Athlete Monitoring with Don Moxley

Sep 20, 2017 | Android, Blog, Data, iOS, Podcast, Research, Science, Training

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Don Moxley

Exercise Physiologist, Sport Scientist, Project Manager, and Consultant

Current: Ohio State University, Athletic Department

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In This Episode

Ever wonder what metrics correlate with world championship performance? Don Moxley, sport scientist at The Ohio State University, shares details about the exact tests he uses that have contributed to national titles and gold medals with his athletes.
4 key domains to monitor for wrestlers:
  • Body composition – weight, body fat, DEXA
  • Physical output – strength, power, Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Cardiovascular testing – tests that replace VO2 max testing
  • READINESS – Heart Rate Variability (HRV), specifically RMSSD
  • 3:15 – A journey going from athlete to successful Exercise Scientist
  • 6:00 – Analyzing the data of world champions
  • 7:00 – Key performance metrics for world class wrestling
  • 9:00 – Alternatives to VO2 max testing used by national champs
  • 12:00 – Using FMS (Functional Movement Screen) with elite athletes
  • 12:30 – Athlete monitoring: What to look for in the data
  • 13:20 – Money Ball for wrestling and Signal vs Noise
  • 16:00 – Force plates and power output: What champion wrestlers look for
  • 18:00 – Organizing your athletes into groups for better data analysis
  • 18:20 – Predicting competition performance based on prior data collection
  • 19:15 – Physical prep is the biggest contributor to competition performance in talented athletes
  • 20:20 – HRV balance as a predictor of performance in elite athletes
  • 24:20 – How world champ athletes use RSA breathing, float tanks, mindfulness, and aggressive recovery modalities
  • 26:00 – How psychological life stress really impacts performance, the results show
  • 28:00 – When the numbers suddenly drop: What to do with red flag situations for athletes
  • 29:00 – The numbers show why you can’t train through life stress and expect good results
  • 31:00 – The hidden 4th event in triathlon that most people fail to train for: RECOVERY.
  • 32:00 – How the HRV parameter RMSSD correlates to gold medals and championship titles
  • 32:00 – “Readiness, based on HRV (Heart Rate Variability), predicts the success of my top athletes”
  • 34:00 – Case study: Reducing an elite athlete’s training load leads to increased performance
  • 34:00 – What to do if RMSSD (Heart Rate Variability) is too low for an athlete
  • 41:00 – Narrowing down data types to make effective training decisions without wasting time
  • 44:00 – Minimum Effective Dose (MED): The evolution of athlete monitoring
  • 46:00 – Genetic differentiation in athletes: How smart quantification can get each person the best results

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