4 Steps to Successfully Integrate Technology Into Training
You get a new piece of technology, and you’re excited. Incorporating technology into your practice could only mean good things for your team. This could also mean having to make adjustments to your routine, which may impact your coaching.
Welcoming change can be an exciting opportunity or a nerve-wracking challenge. Either way, it’s a step towards the right direction. So, here are 4 steps you can take to help you successfully integrate technology into training.
1. Learn the ins and outs of the device
Familiarize yourself with the technology by utilizing all available resources. If it comes with a guide, read it. If the company offers an on-boarding program, register and ask questions. Websites and social media are also good places to look for supplementary information on the technology as well as tips and tricks to using the different features.
While researching is a great way to prepare and figure out how to set everything up, the best way to learn, really, is by actually using the device. There may be a bit of trial and error involved, but it’s all part of the process.
2. Don’t rush the implementation
To start, it might be helpful to select a few athletes to try out the new system, instead of immediately having everyone use it. This gives you the chance to get used to the technology, have a sense of how it works, and figure out how it fits into your training plan. Maybe set aside an easy training day or two, to try out the device and ensure everything is running smoothly.
You could also select a few focal metrics to look at, so you’re not overwhelmed with analyzing large amounts of data while you’re still getting a feel for the technology.
After a few practices, you can gradually add in athletes and look at more metrics until your whole team is able to use it to its full extent.
3. Educate your athletes
Share what you’ve learned on using the technology. Let them explore on their own, so they can see the value themselves. Have a chat and give them the opportunity to exchange insights. You will get more out of this if your athletes are using it with you.
4. Use it regularly
Consistently using the device is a guaranteed way to get used to having technology on deck. Soon, it will be a regular part of your routine and you will discover your own strategies for maximizing its benefits to make it work for your team.
And, using it regularly means you’re collecting more data. With more data come a more comprehensive view of each athlete’s performance and deeper insight on the training needed for improved outcomes.
If you’re new to TritonWear and just received your Triton devices, read this post on the ideal first 30 days with TritonWear and you’ll be ready to go in no time! Or if you want to learn more how you can use swim data and technology to improve your training, come chat with us!