We often talk about the athlete and their performance when discussing strength and conditioning or rehabilitation. In these discussions one thing always holds true: data. Data drives the athletes' training program, performance levels (think 40 yard dash), and rehabilitation program. But what kind of data should we obtain? What data should we use? Do we over analyze or under analyze?
It can be very confusing today what is most important when gathering data about the athlete. Depending on what area of the country you are in or what guru you follow online, you can often feel overwhelmed. Furthermore, with the emergence of the GPS and Omegawave, data is piling up. But one piece of useful data that is often overlooked is questionnaires. Questionnaires can provide you with endless amounts of information and it doesn't cost much at all!
Take Patrick Ward's article: Doing Simple Things Well, for example. He uses a simple but very efficient questionnaire to help him track data with his athletes. Check out his article.
Take home point: Use questionnaires for simplicity and data collection.