The Importance of a Holistic Approach to Managing Collegiate Athletes

Collegiate athletes juggle more demands than the typical college student. By the time their dorm-mates sleepwalk into their 9 a.m. class, student athletes have already run three miles, eaten breakfast and started the week’s assignments.

But maintaining this pace physically combined with the mental strains of college and competing at an elite level will create an incredibly stressful environment for even the toughest of athletes.

So, how can you as a coach manage that?

 

A Holistic Approach to Athlete Management

Our team have been working with collegiate athletes, professional athletes and coaching teams across the globe for over 15 years, and have found that applying a holistic approach to athlete health and wellness is one of the most important steps to ensuring peak performance.

A holistic approach means you are not just training your athletes physically, you are looking at all aspects of the individual’s wellness:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual

Most coaches would agree and communicate regularly with athletes to manage this – but are you getting the full picture and monitoring that on a regular basis that is measurable and actionable?

The simplest and most effective way to implement a holistic approach to athlete management is through the use of an Athlete Management System, which will ensure athlete data is regularly and reliably collected, accessible and secure.

 

Using an Athlete Management System to Monitor Athlete Wellness

An Athlete Management System is an efficient way to collect athlete data to monitor a variety of wellness areas.These are some of the key areas we focus on with the Axiom-AMS athlete management platform:

  • Daily wellness reports that track athlete sleep, fatigue and readiness.
  • Wellness reporting to track athlete stress levels, mood and muscle soreness.
  • Training logs to monitor both team training and individual training activities, enabling coaches to view and manage training loads using injury risk profiling – all from within the AMS.

All of the above data collected can then be combined to create dashboards and reports that provide coaches with a 360 degree view of their athlete. This holistic view makes identifying any risk areas much easier and more thorough, enabling coaches to communicate with their athletes and mitigate risks before they become an injury or issue.

 

The ability to access reporting features and data from anywhere is also a great way for athletes to communicate with coaches in a secure, simple way, and view their own data to monitor and self regulate their wellness.

 

How the Pros are Managing Athletes with an AMS

Adopting a holistic approach to athlete management in collegiate athletes is explored exceptionally well by Scott Hobbs in his talk ‘Identifying, Monitoring & Minimizing Stressors in Collegiate Athletes’ given recently at the Fusion Sport North American Human Performance Summit. We highly recommend watching the talk for anyone working with youth athletes.

 

 

In his talk, Scott refers to utilizing the Human Performance Platform Smartabase to manage their athlete data. As you may well know, our Axiom-AMS platform has been built by the very same expert team at Fusion Sport, based on industry leading Human Performance Platform Smartabase.

The Axiom-AMS project is the start of a journey to bring a best practice sport science platform to a wider market, making it simple and easy to optimize performance and reduce injuries at any sporting level.

We’re currently offering a free trial of the Axiom-AMS platform for 30 days. Click on the button below to take a look and start your trial today.

 

 

For further information on how to effectively implement your AMS and ensure compliance with your athletes, read our AMS implementation article here.