Earlier in January, we attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association Coaches Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Using NIRS for assessing the physiologic limiter and guiding the training of endurance athletes is becoming more broadly accepted; using NIRS for Strength and Conditioning Training is less established, but perhaps represents an even larger opportunity for the technology.
Endurance trainers and athletes are used to employing physiologic information like heart rate, blood lactate and VO2 to guide their training. However, these types of physiologic information have not typically provided useful information for S&C training, either because of the time lag between performance and measurement or because of limitations on the practicality of field use of the measurement.
Researchers and S&C trainers are now finding that NIRS provides useful information for guiding training, and that Moxy is a practical device to use in field testing. We’ve seen several applications starting to develop in this space. These include the following: