Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed the Hawks, is one of Australia's most successful AFL teams. Being the only club to have won at least one premiership every decade from the 1960s to 2010s.
Luke Boyd is the physical performance manager at the Hawthorn Football Club. One of the role's key responsibilities is to analyse and manage the training loads of each athlete within the program. We spoke to Luke to discuss how the Lumin sports platform has changed their data collection and visualisation processes, as well as what they like the most about the Arc platform.
We have a wide range of people that utilise this platform, from coaches to physiotherapists, strength and conditioning staff, and our data analysts. Having a user-friendly central database means that more of our staff and accessing the data, which helps us be more aligned as a support team.
With around 25-30% reduction in the workforce across the league due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to maintain the same level of analysis across the 2021 season through the Lumin platform.
In the past, our capacity to organise data into a format that is easy to analyse and interpret has been limited and time-consuming. For example, we collect and utilise a range of data sets from training load measures with GPS to body composition data. The Arc platform has enabled us to sort and organise this data into a central hub firstly. The interactive nature then allows us to analyse and make decisions much more rapidly than in the past.
From a day to day perspective, we use the platform to collect information from the athletes through the user-friendly Phila application. This helps inform us of how the athletes are tracking each day and allows us to modify training loads as required. In addition, the platform enables staff to access information following the session to help make more informed decisions to manage each individual athlete the best.
As mentioned previously, the interactive, user-friendly nature of the platform helps to sort through large data sets to find the relevant information. The system is also very reliable, with close to no issues accessing the data from day to day.
"As a professional cycling team we have athletes based all over the world, and at times we don’t see them in person for several weeks during the season or months during the off season, and even longer in the current climate. The Lumin Arc platform and Phila app allow us to simplify and centralise both qualitative and quantitative data on the athletes and is a valuable tool for us both for helping with team selection decisions, but also for general monitoring of the athletes health and well being."
"Lumin's Arc platform is a game changer in professional cycling. Arc has given our team real insights into the athlete’s performance and how they are feeling and training every day. This has and will continue to improve our decision making in a globally disparate team."
"We are a sport and a team with such a diverse work force which is geographically dispersed. Keeping in touch with each other is critical , every day that a rider is not able to train is a day lost to the team and to the rider. Technology and the partnership with Lumin has enabled us to be more connected than ever in a meaningful and relevant way, keeping us on the road."
"I can comfortably say that Lumin has saved us well over 40% in time spent collecting and preparing data, meaning we can spend more time putting the data to use."
“I am able to see all of my data in real time combined into the one system. Everything from my wellness to my performance data on one system is incredibly powerful. I’m able to connect all of my data to my coaches, performance staff and the people allowing me to be at my best. I’m able to integrate my 3rd party hardware and it will upload instantly to the Arc platform for instant analysis. As an athlete we often are asked to use a variety of different tools to monitor all of our performance metrics, With the Arc Mobile and Arc platforms this now consolidates this monitoring and data collection to very few seamless steps, allowing me to concentrate on racing and performing at my best."
"The Arc and Phila platforms have provided us with the ability to understand and monitor our group more in depth, while reducing our admin time with the data analysis perspective, giving us more time for what matters, developing our players on the field."
"The interactive, user-friendly nature of the platform helps to sort through large data sets to find the relevant information. With around 25-30% reduction in work-force across the league as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to maintain the same level of analysis across the 2021 season through the Arc platform."
"Since using Arc by Lumin Sports, we, as a high performance football team have been able to consolidate a-lot of our existing data storage and analysis platforms so that we can now use one central platform throughout the department. Seamless integrations with real time visuals has been at the forefront of my work and where I see the most benefit and potential from the Arc platform from my point of view."