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Sleep and Recovery Have Helped Make Tom Brady the Greatest Quarterback Ever

Coaches Need Performance Optimization Too (Not Just Players)

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Sleep and Recovery Have Helped Make Tom Brady the Greatest Quarterback Ever

Sixteen years ago, the New England Patriots finished in last place with a 5-11 record. The following season, a 24-year-old backup quarterback and former 6th-round draft pick helped guide the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history (pictured below). After making his NFL starting debut on September 30, 2001, Tom Brady has…

Coaches Need Performance Optimization Too (Not Just Players)

Josh Wright holds a position with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers that represents a new line of thinking in the world of professional sports. Wright’s official title is “assistant to the head coach,” but his primary job function is much more specific. While the team has a standard training staff on hand to see to…

Advice from Elite Athletes for the New Year

With 2017 right around the corner, Outside Magazine recently published a piece entitled “The Best Advice of 2016, from the World’s Best Athletes.” The author, Brad Stulburg, shared a list of quotes he’d compiled from elite athletes over the past year as guidance for others aspiring to reach that level. Stulberg divided them into seven…

The Smart Locker Room?

Elite athletes spend an extraordinary amount of time in the locker room. For pros, it’s basically the equivalent of their office, as well as their home away from home. This is what inspired WHOOP founder and CEO Will Ahmed to name our blog “The Locker.” In his words: “For athletes reading this, you know that locker…

WHOOP // MLB Part 1: Effects of Travel

This past season, WHOOP and Major League Baseball conducted the single largest performance study in professional sports history. Nine organizations were involved, with 230 players from 28 different minor league teams participating. Among the data recorded were over 4,400 nights of sleep from various players wearing WHOOP straps. What can we do with this information?…

How a Bear Attack Affects Your Sleep

Michael Lares awoke at 4:30 a.m. to his dog barking. As he went outside to see what was going on, he heard the haunting sound of pigs squealing and the huffing and growling of what could clearly only be one thing. He ventured forward with a flashlight and rifle in hand, making his way towards…

WHOOP Recovery: Taking HRV to the Next Level

Heart rate variability (HRV) is becoming more and more popular as a training tool for competitive athletes. The basic idea is that when HRV is high, an athlete is primed for optimal performance. HRV is one of the metrics used to determine WHOOP Recovery each day. However, when calculating Recovery, WHOOP takes the application of…

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