Wearable technology transforms data collection and analysis for athletes


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Several health-conscious people use health trackers to stay on top of their goals and overall well-being. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that wearables for athletes are also gaining momentum and providing new insights.

Driving decisions based on sport

Data is a powerful asset when making difficult or pressure-filled decisions. However, Wearables can make these choices easier, especially if the information flows into a dedicated platform.

For example, Kitman Labs has offerings used by over 700 elite sports teams. Its products have created the industry’s largest data collection of athlete talent, performance and health statistics. The company’s operating system also facilitates collaboration between athletic departments.

Data provided by the company suggests the tools could collect up to 230 million data points per athlete by 2025. Access to all of this information facilitates secure decision making that could lead to more wins.

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Wearable devices for athletics also improve training results. Sometimes skiers and skaters don’t Breastplates equipped with GPS that break the slowest and fastest parts of a race. These details help an athlete see where they are doing well and shape the focus of future training sessions.

A. project at Virginia Tech uses wearable devices to assess the likelihood of someone suffering a second anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. If the data shows an above-average risk, an athlete and their counselors can choose to delay or cancel their return to play.

Keep athletes in top condition

Many sports have inherent dangers. Wearable devices can protect athletes from adverse effects. Professional sportsmen are used to playing through pain and accidents. However, data-tracking gadgets may signal when you need to take breaks to prevent complications. NASCAR drivers, for example, have received smart rings to identify early signs of disease, helping users get medical help sooner.

A startup has developed sports wearable devices that clip onto helmets or headbands. These gadgets measure the impacts of the forces experienced by the wearer. It then alerts them when those events cross the baseline, which indicates when a person may need to stop playing or exercise and be monitored by doctors.

Soccer players are at increased risk for concussions. In a study96% of the brains associated with NFL players showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Experts believe repetitive head injury is a contributing factor.

Some teams use wearable devices that track eye movements or brain activity, informing coaches’ conclusions about taking a player off the pitch or letting him continue after a head injury.

Wearable gadgets could also prevent burnout. Some athletes compete in esports arenas and show their video game skills. They have to do with mental fatigue, especially as some teams train more than 12 hours daily and only take one day off per week. However, knowing when to rest could keep esports athletes playing their best for longer.

Sports wearables keep track of valuable data

Mental exertion, slow starts, overtraining, and a slew of other problems can make the difference between wins and losses, peak performance and late career injuries. Sports wearables can remove the mystery and deliver actionable data.


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