GPS tracker: Bringing the “A” game
GPS tracker technology is a rapid-growing trend and it is now being used for some NFL football players. It is amazing to think that technology has made such great strides in the last few years. In the 1990’s, GPS tracking was hardly even thought of, but in 2015 we are all about what the new trends will be. This technology can be used to tell which football players are putting their best foot forward and which ones are lagging behind.
By watching the football players, coaches and staff can keep tabs on bio-mechanical data. The GPS trackers offer real-time monitoring which can be used to put players on the sidelines if they require a much needed rest. GPS tracker technology is being used for football practices as well for the safety of the players. It is being used to monitor vitals so as to prevent them from getting to a state of fatigue. In addition, players can monitor their injuries during conditioning, practices and games. Currently, fifteen out of thirty two NFL teams are managing their players with GPS trackers.
The GPS trackers are essentially collecting data over a period of time so coaches and trainers will have a basis to predict when players are peaking. The GPS tracking monitor is small enough to fit into a pouch underneath the shoulder pads and measures many stats per second. The GPS tracker, then, relays the information to monitoring software on a computer, turning it into an easy to read number. The higher the number is, the greater the exertion level of the player is.
Besides monitoring vital statistics, the GPS trackers can also measure a player’s running speeds, speed changes and directional changes. Knowing a player’s behaviors can add value to the types of plays coaches can plan out. It can also let coaches know which players are doing their best.
GPS trackers are definitely bringing their “A” game, are you?