A PROFESSIONAL SOFTWARE TOOL FOR HEART BEAT BASED LOAD AND RECOVERY ANALYSIS
OPTIMIZED TRAINING LOAD.
BETTER CRITICAL TRAINING DECISIONS.
MORE INDIVIDUAL TRAINING FOR TEAMS.
ADVANCED REPORTING TOOLS.
EFFICIENT FITNESS TESTING.
Firstbeat SPORTS is a software tool for professional use in
sports testing, coaching, individual athlete and team performance
analysis. It may also be used as a research tool.
Firstbeat SPORTS software is designed for
› TRAINING CENTERS
› PHYSICAL CONDITIONING COACHES
› SPORTS MEDICINE CLINICS
› FITNESS TESTING CENTERS
› SPORTS RESEARCH INSTITUTES
The method is based on advanced analysis of beat-by-beat
heart rate data and especially heart rate variability. The software
has been successfully applied to support training in many
different sports including ice hockey, soccer, track and field,
shooting sports, volleyball, swimming, cross-country skiing and
more. It is best suited for all endurance sports.
The key benefits of Firstbeat SPORTS are:
› INDICATE OVERTRAINING
› INDICATE UNDERTRAINING
› ALLOW INDIVIDUALLY OPTIMIZED TRAINING
› MONITOR ATHLETES FITNESS LEVEL
› SUPPORT CRITICAL COACHING DECISIONS
› MAXIMIZE RECOVERY BETWEEN TWO TRAINING SESSIONS
FIRSTBEAT SPORTS FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE
Peak performance can only be achieved by hard training
combined with adequate recovery. However, the gap between
hard training and overtraining is very narrow. Doing the right
things at the right moment is a common challenge for athletes
and coaches. For those decisions relevant information of the
athlete’s physiology is urgently needed. Firstbeat SPORTS
offers an easy to use solution for finding optimal balance between
training load and recovery and getting ready for the key events.
FIRSTBEAT SPORTS FEATURES
FITNESS TESTING TRAINING PLANNING
VO2MAX TEST FOR MONITORING PROGRESS DURING TRAINING PLANNING TOOL ALLOWS THE COACH TO PLAN
TRAINING SEASON MORE INDIVIDUAL TRAINING PROGRAM BASED ON TRAINING
PRESET TEST PROTOCOLS SUCH AS SUBMAXIMAL BICYCLE AND RECOVERY INFORMATION OF THE PREVIOUS DAYS
ERGOMETER TEST (WHO), CONCONI, 2KM WALKING TEST TRAINING PROGRAMS CAN BE PLANNED AND FOLLOWED
(UKK), SHUTTLE RUN TEST. BY USING TRAINING EFFECT OR EPOC VALUES AND
OPTION TO EASILY CREATE YOUR OWN SPORT SPECIFIC DURATION TIME
INCREMENTAL TEST PROTOCOLS TRAINING PROGRAMS CAN BE AUTOMATICALLY CREATED
SIMULTANEOUS GROUP TESTING FOR HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY BASED ON ACSM EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS
TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR 1-4 WEEKS CAN BE SAVED FOR
FURTHER USE AND PRINTED OUT IN PDF-FORMAT
Recovery training for the
Monitor athletes overloaded players
training load from
to avoid over- and
the team practice Increased training load for the
players with lowest stress level
Individualized training programs can be easily prescribed for athletes in different
conditions based on recovery assessments and EPOC and Training measurements.
RECOVERY TEST AND DAILY STRESS ANALYSIS
Fitness test results are automatically analyzed but the user has A NOVEL HEART RATE VARIABILITY BASED METHOD FOR
the option to edit the results if necessary. Test results and DETECTING STRESS AND RECOVERY
feedback of a single test are presented in easily understandable LEARN TO MAXIMIZE RECOVERY BETWEEN TRAINING
reports in PDF-format. SESSIONS
MEASURE ATHLETES’ STRESS AND RECOVERY TO KNOW
WHEN TO TRAIN HARD AND WHEN IT’S TIME TO REST MORE
“Previously analyzing one fitness test took 15 minutes. With
Firstbeat SPORTS software I can now analyze and print feedback (WITH THE POST ANALYSIS OF NIGHT TIME RECORDINGS)
reports of 5 tests in 10 minutes! That is a 750% increase in USE DAY TIME MEASUREMENTS TO DETECT OTHER STRES-
productivity and means significant saving of time for the tester SORS THAN TRAINING WHICH ARE AFFECTING ON RECOVERY.
and the athletes ”
DIRECTOR OF TESTING IN A TRAINING CENTER
“The recovery measurements saved my training camp and the
OLYMPIC LEVEL SKIER
SEE THE EFFECT OF A SINGLE WORKOUT ON
KNOW THE PLAYERS INDIVIDUAL RESPONSE TO TRAINING
AND GAMES IN TEAM SPORTS
ANALYSIS OF THE TRAINING SESSION IN EASILY
In recovery test red indicates stress (poor recovery) and green indicates recovery. In this
example an athlete has monitored recovery during the night from 0:00 to 7:30 am.
Team reporting provides each athletes’ EPOC and Training effect values in one figure, In this athlete's daily stress analysis the monitoring period has been from 9:00am to
which helps to analyze individual responses to training session. 18pm. During the naps recovery reactions (green) were detected preparing the body
better to the evening's training session.
PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASURES BEYOND
WHAT IS HEART RATE VARIABILITY? EPOC (Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption) is a
physiological measure of training load. The amount of EPOC
Heart rate is a measure of how many times heart beats during achieved during the exercise is directly proportional to the
a minute. Heart beat interval (R-R) is the time difference between training load and recovery required. According to Brooks and
consecutive heart beats (in ms). Different variations in the heart Fahey (1984), “the cause of Excessive Post-Exercise Oxygen
beat provide important physiological information which can be Consumption (EPOC) is the general disturbance to homeostasis
used for monitoring training and recovery among athletes. brought on by exercise”.
Heart period (R-R interval, ms)
Firstbeat analysis technology enables the calculation of the Previously it has been able to measure EPOC only after the exercise by using breathing
gas analysis in laboratory and thus has not been used in practical sports. EPOC can be
most essential body functions based only on heart beat
now accurately and reliably pre-predicted based on the exercise data.
measurement. The method can be used from rest to maximal
exercise in all aerobic disciplines. For more information, please
visit www.firstbeattechnologies.com. TRAINING EFFECT can be used to indicate the effect of a single
workout on cardiorespiratory fitness. Training effect is based
on measured EPOC value during the exercise and on the
RESPIRATION RATE measurement is based on detection of the personal training history.
effects of breathing on cardiac activity (phenomena known as
arrhythmia, RSA). The STRESS AND RECOVERY analysis is based on research on
connection between detecting athletic overtraining with a field-capable method that
heart and respiration is is based on heart rate variability (HRV) indices. The method
often not visible by has been designed to detect autonomic nervous system stress
human eye, but this reactions caused by intensive exercise or other stressors.
information is made
available by advanced
OXYGEN CONSUMPTION (VO2) describes how much oxygen is
consumed by the body (ml/kg). In general, VO2 is considered
as the most accurate variable to evaluate the intensity of aerobic
exercise. Firstbeat method allows accurate and non-invasive
monitoring of the intensity of aerobic exercise (VO2) in field
conditions. The method is based on advanced modeling that
applies information on respiration rate and exercise phase (on-
and off-response, steady-state) to increase accuracy.
In this example a follow-up of three athletes recovery during high-intensity training period.
The method has been found very sensitive for detecting overreaching and increased risk
of overtraining. (Hynynen et al. 2006. Effects of training on cardiac autonomic modulation
during night sleep in cross country skiing).
In this context stress state may be defined as heightened
autonomic nervous system (ANS) function that is caused by
some other sources than immediate physical demands.
Accordingly, the algorithms are not specific to poor recovery
from physical exercise, but rather indicate all sources of ANS
stress (e.g., lack of sleep, mental stress, or medication).
An example of heart beat estimated VO2 and true laboratory measured VO2 during
maximal exercise test and recovery. Firstbeat method provides 40-70% decrease in error “During high altitude training, we can really show the athletes are
when compared to traditional heart rate level based methods (Pulkkinen et al 2004. they recovering or not between the workouts”
Accuracy of VO2 estimation increases with heart period derived measure of respiration.) NATIONAL LEVEL COACH
SOFTWARE AND COMPATIBLE FIRSTBEAT – THE PIONEER IN HEART BEAT
RECORDING DEVICES ANALYSIS TECHNOLOGY
Firstbeat SPORTS software is an advanced heart beat analysis Firstbeat Technologies (Jyväskylä, Finland) is a company that
reporting tool for sports professionals. The software is easy-to- is specialized to develop advanced heart beat analysis solutions
use and does not require any signal processing skills. for physiological monitoring in sports and fitness, wellness, and
preventive medicine. Firstbeat heart beat analysis technology
Firstbeat SPORTS software can be used to generate reports is based on extensive research on exercise physiology and
on several topics, including stress and recovery, training effect, overtraining at KIHU – Research Institute for Olympic Sports,
fitness testing and training planning. Finland. The company was founded in 2002 as an R&D spin-
off from KIHU - Research Institute for Olympic Sports and was
Minimum system requirements: Compatible with Windows 2000 issued National Innovation Prize of Finland in 2004.
and Windows XP, 512 MB of RAM, Intel Pentium III or AMD
1 GHz Hard disk drive free space 50MB and Adobe Acrobat Firstbeat has customers in corporate health care, research
Reader 5.0 or later. institutes, and sports research and training. We also collaborate
with equipment manufacturers and expert organizations in
Compatible measurement devices: Suunto t6, Suunto Smart professional sport, including Finnish Olympic Committee and
Belt, Suunto Team POD and data imports from other beat-by- sport federations.
beat recording equipments.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The use of the Firstbeat SPORTS is very easy. or visit our website www.firstbeattechnologies.com.
(1) SELECT MEASURING DEVICE AND START RECORDING.
(2) TRANSFER MEASURED R-R DATA TO FIRSTBEAT
(3) ANALYZE YOUR RECORDING SESSIONS AND PRINT
EASILY UNDERSTANDABLE PDF-REPORT.
Firstbeat Technologies Ltd.
FI 40700 Jyväskylä, Finland