Numerous analyzes of different sports that started at the 2016 Olympic Games and initial findings and evaluations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as studies in training science on the development and implementation of modern training tools and methods, reveal three main characteristics:
1. The performance of the world’s best is constantly evolving and moving ever closer together. Example: The 2018 World Cup in Russia; even in the preliminary round games, the favorite national teams had to do their best to continue participating in the World Cup tournament.
2. Without exception, top performances are only possible with training and load standards based on the international class.
3. In order to be able to achieve a world-class level of performance, scientifically based training must be practiced in almost all sports, taking into account the individual disposition of an athlete/player.
The complex performance structure in ball game sports therefore requires a precise performance analysis or performance diagnostics of each player in order to train them in the best possible way according to their individual requirements.
The requirement profile of a ball game athlete comprises numerous performance components: technology, tactics, all physical areas as well as social skills and mental strength. All of these components must be recorded through performance diagnostic tests in order to uncover individual strengths and weaknesses and ultimately to integrate them into the team structure.
In order to be able to implement the individual profile of an athlete/player in the training and game design, comprehensive performance diagnostics of the athlete/player should start in the age of 15 (U15). On the basis of the individual performance diagnostic data, the training can be carried out in different performance groups and the players/athletes can be trained differently.
The individualization based on sports science performance diagnostics can be seen as a large performance reserve in modern training of ball game sports – especially in football. Our unit “European Institute for Performance Diagnostics (EIPD)” stands for internationality, sports science and performance diagnostics with adult and young athletes.
In a close exchange of experience and cooperation between international sports science institutions and professional sports practice, the EIPD will address the topic and the question of how the latest scientific findings and resources can be used for effective and optimal sports-specific and individual performance diagnostics.
The goals of the “European Institute for Performance Diagnostics” are to improve the performance and competitiveness of the clubs and professional associations that are supported by the EIPD. The software from Polyconnect Data Control is also used for this.
One focus or unique feature of the EIPD is based on the mobility of the services offered by the “European Institute for Performance Diagnostics”. All EIPD tests can be carried out under field conditions at the training center of the clubs or sports associations. The test results can be partially interpreted in the online procedure – as face-to-face-conversation or live video chat.
The work of the EIPD is accompanied by a scientific advisory board that meets twice a year. He is appointed for two years. The EIPD Advisory Board accompanies the Executive Board in carrying out its professional and scientific work in the field of competitive athletic performance diagnostics at an internationally competitive level.