Limitations of heart rate monitoring

Oct 13, 2014 | ACADEMY

A brief overview

In previous papers, we focused on the importance of an analysis based on the athlete’s individual characteristics. We described a whole series of parameters that play a key role in the performance analysis of soccer players and split them into two categories: those which are independent from each athlete’s characteristics (total energy, equivalent distance index and average power) and those which are closely connected with his/her aerobic fitness (anaerobic energy, anaerobic index and high-intensity events).

Heart rate is another helpful parameter that falls into the second category and that should be monitored during training in order to obtain some feedback on the aerobic intensity levels produced during exercise. Within the same heart rate value, for instance, it is much more appropriate to focus on ball drills, rather than on sessions of dry-land training.
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