Getting started with PULSE - Athlete

Getting started with PULSE - Athlete

Welcome to the Driveline Family via the PULSE Workload Management Sensor! As an athlete, this Get Started Guide is here to take you step by step to getting your account set up, sensor connected, and collecting throw data. 

Setting up your account

First, after receiving your PULSE Throw Workload Monitor, you will want to download the PULSE Throw app and set up your Athlete account. 

Once you've set up your login information, you will be asked whether you are an Athlete or Coach. Selecting Athlete will allow you to manage your individual sensor and throw data and share your data with a coach, if you wish. Selecting Coach will allow you to manage a roster of athletes, with the ability to manage sensors and throw data for each athlete individually. If you are a parent, you may select Coach so that the account is registered to you and you can add your child to your roster.   

Whether you've selected Athlete or Coach, you will be asked to enter your birthdate to continue. Our Privacy Policy requires that users under the age of 13 obtain parental consent to continue using PULSE.

If you've selected Athlete, you will be asked to complete your personal profile. You will have the opportunity to select a personal profile picture for customization and will be required to enter your height and weight. Your age, height, and weight are all used in our workload calculations and training recommendations and can be updated at any time.    

If you've already received your PULSE sensor and have it charged nearby, you can add it to your account during the registration process. Otherwise, tap Skip for now and you can add it to your account later (See: Connecting to Your PULSEthrow Sensor).

Your account is complete! You are ready to start using PULSEthrow to monitor workload and readiness and optimize athlete performance. Coaches, see Managing large or multiple rosters. Athletes, see Syncing Your PULSEthrow Sensor Data.

Once you the account created and the app goes to the home page (screenshot above), you will then want to connect your sensor. Your sensor will need to be charged before connecting it to your PULSE app. You can skip this step for now and add a sensor later if your sensor is not charged or available.

Below is a video laying out how to get your sensor connected to your account so that is can start collecting throw data.

Collecting data with PULSE

Once the sensor is connected, you are ready to throw! You will want to grab your strap and charged sensor, place the sensor in the pocket on the strap, and place on the arm two finger widths below the inside of your elbow. Below is the diagram to help lay out how to do this

Once you are done throwing with the strap and sensor, you will then want to Sync Your Data, below is a video on how to sync your data.

After your throwing session, you need to sync your data before the sensor dies. If the sensor loses charge before the data is synced from the sensor to your mobile device, the throw data could be added to the wrong day and time, causing potential errors with your workload calculations.

Here is a video of how to sync the data from your sensor:

Understanding PULSE data

We have all this great info consolidated into the first tab of the app for you, but you might still be wondering - what do these numbers even mean?

1 Day Workload - Tells you how much you’ve thrown on a given day. It accounts for both how many throws you make and the intensity of each of those throws. 

Max Recommended 1 Day Workload - A recommendation for the amount of throwing you are capable of performing on a given day. This is based upon your previous recorded throws, throwing fitness, and fatigue levels. These prescriptions can be altered based upon your specific throwing: pre-season v. in-season, days of throwing per week, game days, etc.

Arm Health Survey - A self-reported rating of how your arm is feeling on a daily basis. Recorded on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 meaning your arm is feeling amazing. This allows you to take the objective data from PULSE and pair it to what you’re experiencing on a daily basis.

Today’s Total Throws - The total number of throws you’ve made on a given day while wearing your PULSE sensor. This provides you information into the volume of throws you made.

Today’s High Effort Throws - The number of throws you’ve made on a given day that are above 70% of your 5 most stressful throws from the previous 2 weeks

For example, if your 5 most stressful throws are 60 Nm, all throws above 42 Nm would be considered “high effort”.

Today’s Average Torque - The average elbow valgus torque for all your throws in a given day. This provides you information into the intensity of the throws you made.

Throwing History - A bar graph displaying the amount of total throws and high effort throws you have made over the last 7 days. The orange bar represents all your throws for a given day, and the clear bar represents your high effort throws for a given day.

Today’s Throwing Data - A line plot showing Arm Stress, Arm Speed, and Arm Slot for every throw you made in a given day. You can edit throw tags and/or reassign throws to a different day here.

Add Workload - Life happens. Sometimes you forget your sensor or can’t charge it. When this happens, you’re able to add simulated workload to your profile so that you can stay on track. While this won’t be as good as having your actual throwing data, it’s a good enough solution. Similar to other throws, you can add tags to these and PULSE will apply updated normative torque values to the throws based upon the data you’ve collected with similar tags in the past.

Using PULSE to guide workload and intensity

Workload data takes about two weeks to stabilize, but even in the first two weeks of using PULSE you can use the data to improve training results by monitoring intensity, volume, etc. 

Read more about how to get the most out of the first month of using PULSE here

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