STATS, a sports data and analytics company, recently announced a new GPS-based athlete training tool with textile heart rate sensors that will offer users new insights into performance. The STATS GPS vest is embedded with textile sensors that will monitor player performance with customize-able metrics like accelerations/decelerations, energy expenditure, count of zone entries, and time, distance and power thresholds. Using a 50-Hz sampling frequency, the device will measure up to 300 customize-able metrics and be able to monitor up to 100 players simultaneously during practice.
“Teams and conditioning coaches need the latest technology to ensure players stay at peak health and fitness during long seasons,” said Ryan Paterson, the chief global officer at STATS. Now, “teams can instantly get performance information, allowing them to make in-the-moment decisions.”
During practice, coaches will be able to receive real-time information about acceleration, deceleration, energy expenditure, count of zone entries, and time, distance and power thresholds. After practice, detailed session reports will be immediately available via the STATS Dynamix online portal. Reports are fully-customizable and can include in-depth player summaries as well as information on imbalance, cardiovascular metrics and running, explosive and brake symmetry. The system also gives sports scientists the capability to create new formulas and apply these to historical data.
“Objectively monitoring players in training and in-match is essential for us in order to optimally prepare them and mitigate injury risk,” said Pete Atkinson, head of performance at the Italian Rugby Federation. “We are working closely with STATS to target individual players’ needs utilizing the latest technology.”