ETSU: Tracking Athletes with GPS

The latest school to realize the benefits of using a GPS device to monitor the performance of their athletes is East Tennessee State University. Howard Gray, working towards his doctorate in sport physiology and performance at the school, said, “It is the future.” He is also the sport scientist and coaching manager for the ETSU men’s soccer team.   The team relies on the Catapult MinimaxX S4 GPS system, likely following in the footsteps of teams all over the world who depend on the same devices for their athletes. The system was developed in Australia by Catapult Sports. The ETSURead 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 Devices Used for PSG Soccer Training


The parade of new uses for tracking with GPS devices continues. We’ve seen it used in law enforcement, company and city vehicle monitoring, and even in keeping tabs on endangered species in the wild. This month, a prominent European soccer coach told reporters that he plans to use GPS tracking devices to keep a very close eye on what his players are doing during training. With the detailed location data that trackers can provide in real time, they could gain a footing among sports teams of all kinds to increase the effectiveness of training routines. Carlo Ancelotti, formerly in chargeRead More