The intercounty football teams on Statsports’ client list include Dublin, Mayo, Tyrone, Donegal, Monaghan, Meath, Cavan, Armagh, Laois and Louth. Donegalman and Statsports performance analyst Ryan McLoughlin did most of the heavy lifting on the study.
On the training side of things, the study recommends a rethink of how players cluster and gather during sessions. Things like drinks breaks, team huddles, general pow-wows over this drill or that need to be amended to put more space between bodies.
“We’re obviously not giving health advice,” says Watters. “We’re just trying to give an insight into what will happen if training does come back and if there’s a move to allow club teams or county teams to go back training over the coming weeks. If that’s what it to happen as we move through the phases, this should provide the coaches with some insight around how they can alter specific training sessions.