Dan was introduced to PlayerMaker in January 2018. Previously, he was only familiar with the use of physical performance data in clubs but when he heard that it was possible for me to track technical and tactical analysis on players, he understood the coaching benefits right away.
A few months later, Millwall FC Academy decided to implement the PlayerMaker smart footwear for the U16s team as well, bringing Jim Summersby, the Sports Scientist for this age group into the conversation in order to further understand how to correlate the physical data with the technical and tactical data in the reports produced for the coaching staff.
For Jim, being able to cross-reference physical parameters with player-ball interactions is key to understanding the actual loading on the player. The ability to monitor technical loading is a big factor when trying to get the most out of every session without causing injuries. The ability to measure touches per leg helped him gain extra insights on the session’s outputs. Together with the physical analysis, it gave him a holistic understanding of what’s happening every time each player is out on the field. Next season, when PlayerMaker release the functionality to monitor kick velocity and biomechanical load on each leg, it will allow him to take the monitoring of technical loading one step further.
Dan Mlinar coaching his team