When considering implementing an assessment system for your athletes, it is optimal to have the ability to regularly administer non-invasive and non-exhaustive tests that will give you immediate feedback about the status of the athletes’ various physiological and neurological systems. Having access to this kind of data in real time makes it possible to develop a truly individualized sport-specific training program.

Below is the report I sent to the parents of one of my athletes athletes, outlining what the test results meant and how we will proceed with his training based on these assessments.

I have attached the test results from yesterday along with a report on what I see as his strengths and what areas he needs work on. Cardiac assessment – Excellent baseline result. Goal should be to lower his resting heart rate to 45 bpm or lower over next 3-5 months. He is currently at 51 bpm.

Omegawave ScreenGrab - Lance Brady - 2014_12_13 - 13_20_09 - Athlete Readiness

“The HRV analysis method allows assessment of the Readiness of the Cardiac System and the regulatory influences of the ANS on cardiac function. During its over fifty-year history, the HRV method has become widely used and has been appropriated for use in physiology, clinical and space medicine, and physiology of sports and labour. In each field, it has proved its effectiveness for the assessment of adaptational responses of the cardiovascular system to loads.

 Omegawave regards HRV as an indicator of the current integrated response of the multi-circuit and multilevel regulatory system for cardio-pulmonary function to the training process.

 Omegawave uses the HRV analysis method to register and analyze ten parameters, which are in accordance with the Standard of Registration and Physiological Interpretation for Clinical Use, as defined by the European Society of Cardiology and the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology. In conjunction with these standards, Omegawave also measures five additional parameters used in Russian space medicine and sports, that are in accordance with the extended national guidelines on the practical use of the HRV method and data comparison.” [Omegawave White Paper – Sept. 6, 2013]

Omegawave ScreenGrab - Lance Brady - 2014_12_13 - 13_20_09 - HRV1

 Energy Supply Systems – He is showing a low score in the aerobic index (106). The goal over the course of the next year should be to raise that number as high as possible (125+). His anaerobic reading is at 146 and ideally, we would like to see that number decrease. Finally, his Metabolic Reaction Index (MRI) needs to increase to a level of 400+.

“Readiness of the Energy Supply System (ESS) is assessed using a multi-faceted approach, consisting of an amplitude-frequency analysis of all components of each ECG complex over two minutes. This approach is based on the relationship between resting electrical processes in the heart and the Readiness of the ESS.

Using a large database of elite athletes and scientific sources, Omegawave has significantly enhanced the accuracy of evaluating the Readiness of the ESS in the field.

Omegawave uses the following indexes to assess the Readiness of the ESS:

Aerobic index – indicative of the current state of the aerobic ESS and the athlete’s Readiness for aerobic loads 

Anaerobic index – indicative of the state of the anaerobic ESS

 Metabolic index – indicative of the overall effectiveness and coordination of the ESS” [Omegawave White Paper – Sept. 6, 2013]

Omegawave ScreenGrab - Lance Brady - 2014_12_13 - 13_20_09 - EnMet

 After completing the non-invasive Omegawave testing, we went to the track and after a 30 minute warmup I had him perform a 3,000m time trial. The final 1.5 laps he ran full out so I could determine his maximum heart rate. He hit 198 bpm. Based on that number I will be using three different intensity zones in his running program. In the cross-country running meets he does along with 5k and 10k road races there is no need to perform any training that exceeds his anaerobic threshold. The three zones are based on extensive research and testing Frank Evertsen has conducted with Kenyan runners. Most of interval training I have him perform will be 20-35 bpm lower then his maximum heart rate (MHR). Moderate pace is 25-35 bpm below MHR and Hard is 20-25 bpm below MHR. This type of training typically corresponds to lactate levels between 2-4 mmol. This work will be geared towards improving his speed at anaerobic threshold.

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