Melbourne Victory and Matildas goalkeeper, Casey Dumont, believes advances in technology have helped her and her teammates manage their football workloads.
The 26-year-old told The Women’s Game how apps such as SMARTABASE provide the coaching staff with real-time data which can help them predict how close players are to injury, as well as whether or not they should train at all.
This is particularly important in the lead-up to international tournaments, where club players scarcely see The Matildas coaching staff, but are in regular contact.
"Technology-wise, training has improved so much, because coaches know how much we’ve done and how we’re feeling with the different workloads,” said Dumont.
"They know whether or not we need lighter sessions – or even a day off.
"The coaching staff even plan sessions specifically for different players to make sure we’re all being taken care of,” she said.
Dumont, who currently plays for North Shore Mariners in the NSW NPLW, believes she would most likely have avoided serious injury had this technology been introduced earlier.
Earlier in her career, Dumont experienced a lacerated liver, bouts of osteitis pubis and a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the span of four years.
“When I first started [in the W-League], we didn’t have any of this technology, and you had to go to every session and train like everyone else,” she said.
“And come to think of it, I probably wouldn’t have had a major hip injury if the technology at the time was what it is today, because I would’ve been monitored.
“Either way, though, over time you learn what your limits are, and you learn to have a voice and say ‘hey, I need to have a lighter day today," she said.
Dumont mused how fortunate she has been to juggle part-time nursing with a professional football career.