US Women's Soccer Using Heart Rate Monitors #WearableWednesday http://adafru.it/fyK
I’m not the biggest sports fan out there, but I have to say that I was in front of my screen during the final game with our women’s team scoring fast and frequently. Not only was their control of the ball amazing, but I noticed one of the players pull up her shirt to dab some sweat, revealing a heart rate monitor. Since I’ve met someone that actually makes this type of equipment, I was curious to learn more, and it just so happens that it was discussed on ESPN.Go
.“What evolved [with the technology] was the ability for coaches to not only record the data, but be able to see it live,” says Josh Simonsen, a training specialist for Polar, the company that supplies the U.S. team with its heart rate system.
As you might imagine, the heart rate information of the entire team is sent to the coach for analysis, which is a powerful tool. You can start to address the various fitness levels of the players. But wait, there’s more…What type of position an athlete plays also makes a difference, explains Sally Edwards, a heart rate expert and founder and CEO of Heartzones, a fitness technology company. “In team sports, each player’s position has unique physiological requirements, so the forward on a soccer team has to have different training than a defender,” says Edwards. “Some positions might need quick acceleration. Others might need endurance late in the game.”Read More http://adafru.it/fyK #soccer #biometrics #tech #wearables #wearabletech