Before coming to Nashville in 2004, Good served as the Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning for the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He served as the Assistant Speed, Strength and Conditioning Coach from 1997-99 with the Ice Dogs (IHL). And later held the same title with the Los Angeles Kings from 1999-2003. He also served as Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles from 1998-99.
Key Organizational Need: Daily Athlete Recovery Monitoring
Optimal Athlete Hydration is one of the best-established ways to improve athletic performance and reduce injury risk. Coach David Good from the Nashville Predators needed a system to measure the fluid loss of the players and ensure they were rehydrating properly and preparing for the next game or practice. He was also seeking to educate the athletes so they would become more responsible and knowledgeable about what they needed to do to recover from activity. And, he needed them to embrace the realization that consistency was crucial – weigh-ins and hydration monitoring needed to be an automatic part of their day.
CoachMePlus provided a complete hydration management system to Coach Good; allowing the Predators to track fluid loss after workouts and recommend specific drinks to their athletes. Players weight in before they begin training. Once they complete their assigned workouts, they weigh-out. At weigh-out, our custom algorithms create individualized hydration recommendations for each player which allow them to replenish their water, electrolytes, and potassium levels. The workflow allows Coach Good to manage the hydration levels of his entire team from one centralized location.
“CoachMePlus has allowed me to evolve the way I communicate information to our players, coaches, and management.”
CoachMePlus made it easy and simple for the players to follow the coaches’ methods and guidelines. Coach Good feels hydration is the easiest and most important variable to control regarding recovery: the individual fluid loss is less than it had been the past and players’ energy levels have remained at good levels throughout the grind of the season. The evidence can be seen in the team’s performance – the Predators have made it to the post-season in 4 out of the last 5 seasons.