ARGYLE’S new Head of Fitness and Conditioning, John Lucas, will bring a fresh dimension to the Pilgrims’ training and analysis next season after agreeing a three-year deal to use Catapult athlete monitoring technology.
As the world’s leading provider of GPS-based athlete tracking systems, Catapult works with teams at all levels of football, from the World Cup-winning French national team through to schools and universities.
The Pilgrims will use Catapult X4 GPS devices to quantify athlete workload and help to optimise performance, reduce injury-risk and support athlete rehabilitation procedures.
“The introduction of athlete monitoring technology is a huge step for us in terms of the technological advancement of the club,” said John.
“The data we get from the Catapult devices will help to inform the decisions of the coaching staff and make training more objective.”
John is excited to start using the technology and believes it has the potential to make a positive impact on the way the club physically prepares players and manages injury-risk over the course of a long campaign.
He said: “This is the first time the club has had access to this kind of technology and I’m looking forward to introducing it to the players and staff.
“The use of athlete monitoring systems is widespread in elite football and can make a real difference when it comes to understanding the physical demands of competition and optimally preparing players to meet those demands.”