GPS tracks athletes during competition

A device that gives you the ability to track your athletes during the game.

GPS Sports an Australian based company has some interesting technology for coaches out there. It won't be long before you can actually track your player's vital signs during their game.

GPS Sports

In a world first, Australian Aussie rules football players have been rigged up with GPS devices that allow their coaches to track how far they run, what speed they run at and the hits they absorb during the game. This helps the coaches train the athletes independently for each position and allows the coach to track their workload and whether injured players are fit to resume the game. The ability of the GPS device to monitor the force of an impact is like having a Richter scale on a player to see how devastating a hit or blow could be when tackled.

The device is worn in a vest or strapped to the players back, it sounds like it would be perfect for the NFL and NHL as well. Some Australian rules players have even given permission for the information to be broadcast on television live during matches, this gives the TV audience an inside look at what the players go through during a game.

About the author

    Dave Phillips is one of the founders of the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, California; he is Class A member of the PGA of America and has devoted the past 18 years to becoming a world-class instructor. He has his own television show on the golf channel, Golf Fitness Academy, and is regularly featured as a writer in several major golf and sports publications as well as on his site MyTPI.com. When he is not working at the Titleist Performance Institute, Phillips lectures around the world on golf-specific fitness and sports technology.

     

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