The data obtained from the direct methods and from the OmegaWave Football Lab were analyzed using multiple regression analysis. By mathematic modeling, the predicted equivalents for the traditional direct methods of testing football players’ current functional state could be obtained using the OmegaWave Football Lab.
As table 1 shows, the predicted values obtained using the OmegaWave Football Lab show a high correlation with all the results of the direct tests and game analysis.
OmegaWave Football Lab correlations with data collected in the three teams. Significance was declared when P<0.05.
This research shows that now, before a workout, the coach or team doctor can have accesses to information on the current functional state of each player with the information obtained at rest, thus not exposing the player to the risk of injury.
This information allows for the workout loads to be individualized for each athlete. This will help to prevent their over-training. This in turn will reduce the possibility of injury.
It is important to note that the OmegaWave Football Lab not only reduces the potential for injury, but it also provides key information on how to bring an already injured player back to his/her optimum performance shape. With the OmegaWave Football Lab, the coach or doctor acquires a feedback tool that provides objective information assessing the rehabilitation processes in the injured player and objective information on when the player has returned to his/her maximum potential level (or to the team average level).
Comparison of team average results with the corresponding results of an injured player.
The assessment of an athlete’s current functional state produced by the OmegaWave Football Lab reflects the actual functional state of the athlete; thus, the given technology can be easily and effectively used by both doctors and coaches in any level football team.
The predicted parameters of physical conditions obtained using the OmegaWave Football Lab demonstrate a high correlation with traditional direct methods of physical testing.
The assessment of an athlete’s current functional state and performance predictions obtained using the OmegaWave Football Lab can be obtained quickly (3-5 min per person), non-invasively, and, for the most part, at rest.
Sport Scientist, Italy