Going for the Goal: Got GPS?

American football and rugby: what do they have in common? Goals, scores, aggression, defense, mouthguards, training—and GPS. Already frequently used “across the pond” and in Australia, GPS tracking devices created specifically for sports are finding their way into American college sports, and more specifically, American football. How does it work and what are the benefits? According to the marketing manager for Catapult Sports, just the way every trainer and committed athlete could ask for it to work, with benefits that are brand new to this age of GPS tracking and technology. Immediate Stats Created to fit snugly on the backRead More

The NFL Goes GPS

Soccer and rugby teams have been using GPS in training for some time now, but recently the NFL has gotten in on the act. In Buffalo, NY, the Bills have been one of the most enthusiastic teams when it comes to embracing technology. After about a year, the team’s coaches, managers, and players all give the GPS technology training system high grades. Precise Measurements A coach who is trying to keep an eye on the training of an entire team of players can’t possibly keep straight in his head the individual progress, distance, time, energy expense, and other factors ofRead More

GPS and Field Hockey in North Carolina

Each and every day, GPS devices are being used in new and innovative ways in the world of sports. We’ve reported on many, such as England’s rugby team wearing jerseys with built-in GPS devices that track their stats such as heart rate and speed, or Tour de France racers wearing GPS watches. Now, the University of North Carolina field hockey team is putting GPS to use on the field.   In August, 10 new GPS devices were purchased from Catapult Sports for $1,000 per device using money from the sports medicine program, women’s soccer program, and strength and conditioning program.Read More

GPS Tracking Proposed for Football Players in Order to Prevent Injury

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Sports scientists in Australia are proposing that football, or soccer as it’s referred to in the US, coaches begin using GPS tracking devices on athletes in order to prevent injury. Researchers estimate that nearly 80 percent of all sports injuries are preventable, and many believe GPS tracking devices could provide a solution. The grueling intensity and frequency these athletes undergo, particularly during championship tournaments toward the end of the season, is responsible for most injuries. Hopefully, by monitoring the players, coaches will be able to properly rest the athletes before an injury occurs.   In 2011, a study of twoRead More

GPS Goes for the Gold

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The 2012 Olympics will soon be upon us, and all eyes will be fixed on London. Athletes from around the world will converge on one city to compete for the gold. And overseeing it all will be GPS technology.   For Maintaining Traffic Part of London’s winning bid to host the Olympics was its ability to keep traffic flowing when the International Olympic Committee and several dignitaries visited London in 2005. They were duly impressed by the city’s use of GPS tracking and closed-circuit television to keep the motorcade moving smoothly and in a timely fashion. By tracking the vehiclesRead More

GPS Monitoring Symbolizes Drastic Shift in Sports Monitoring

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One of the most exciting applications of modern GPS tracking technology is sports. Sports fans talk statistics with a precision and enthusiasm that rivals the most adept MIT mathematician. Whether it’s the speed of Nolan Ryan’s legendary pitches, Kobe Bryant’s vertical, Lance Armstrong’s speed, or the machinations of Tiger Woods’ drive, mathematical precision as it applies to sports analysis is both a hobby, and an industry. Indeed, it seems as if sports, in America and beyond, drives a segment of the world economy with the same human necessity and regularity as plumbing or construction. People need their toilets fixed, peopleRead More