Published on:
August 4th, 2016

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STATSports

Oklahoma is one of a growing number of programs using GPS to track and enhance practice performance, aid in recovery and get a fuller picture of what athletes or putting their bodies through as they prepare for competition.

The Sooners use a system by STATSports, an Ireland-based company that serves several other college and professional programs, including Florida State, Kentucky, Purdue, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL and the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards of the NBA.

The primary market to this point, though, has been European soccer clubs, including Manchester United and Arsenal. After experimental use on a handful of players last year, the OU strength and conditioning staff is monitoring approximately 50 Sooner players this season.

Most players wear the device — about 3.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide — in a pouch that has been ironed on the back of their undershirts.

Source: http://newsok.com/

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Published on:
August 4th, 2016

Author:
STATSports

The Toronto Argonauts have adopted new technology (STATSports Viper) that combines GPS with an accelerometer through a pod, which helps the team track player workload through their jerseys, with the goal of preventing injuries.

A number of high-level soccer and rugby teams already have adopted similar technology, along with several NFL and NBA franchises. The Argos and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are the first CFL teams to officially give it a try, according to the league office.

“People don’t put enough emphasis on the skill of staying healthy,” said Argos general manager Jim Barker. “Just like film helps them run routes better and helps them be a better receiver . . . the GPS helps them understand their body better.”

With an investment from its new ownership group — Bell Canada and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment chair Larry Tanenbaum — Toronto hired Matt Barr this past winter as its strength and conditioning coach. Barker said Barr is the first person to hold that title on a full-time basis with the Argos.

Source: https://www.thestar.com

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