Thanks to the Triple Threat Show on AM 610 in Houston for having GPSports Grant Thorne on air to talk about GPS technology and its impact on the NFL. Below you will find a link to that interview but first, why does your American football team need GPSports technology? Here are a few reasons.
GPSports – Driving Innovation in the NFL
Being such an explosive sport, American Football players are placed under extreme pressure every time they take the field.
GPSports technologies provide a system to objectively and accurately quantify practice and game load at an individual level. Quantifying load is absolutely key to maximizing athletic performance and minimizing injury rates.
GPSports is working with these teams to ensure an analysis model specific to American Football is implemented. Results are positive, with the system providing a great insight into positional demands, training structure, individual player loading profiles and indicators of soft tissue injury.
The University of Iowa was the first team in North America to get our new indoor technology, allowing the Hawkeyes to reap the benefits of the GPSports SPI HPU unit and SPI IQ software no matter where they train.
Why use GPSports technology to train your athletes?
Accurately Quantify Training Load
Know exactly how much work a player has done in a given session. Objectively assess loading across a range of intensities for distance, speed, acceleration, heart rate and impacts.
Quantify Work Rate
Easily compare training drills to game intensity. Use this information to guide training structure, manage overload, manipulate drills and educate coaches and conditioning staff.
Compare Individual Players
Compare players across a range of performance measures in training and game. Use this information to target outliers in the group, assess strengths and weaknesses of individual players and quantify changes under fatigue.
Understand the Demands of the Game
Collate game data to benchmark positional demands, prioritize athletic development and limitations of your players and identify areas for improvement.
Are you ready to dominate your league or sport? To find out more about how GPSports SPI HPU unit and SPI IQ software can benefit your team CLICK HERE to have one of our Human Performance Specialists talk to you about your team and how GPSports can meet your specific needs.
Listen to the interview with Grant Thorne by clicking the photo.
The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl in their first season training with GPSports SPI HPU units and SPI IQ software.
The following is an excerpt from a piece done by Kevin Seifert for ESPN and features GPSports Sports Scientist Rod Lindsell.
According to Lindsell, training camp is one NFL tradition that seems ripe for analytic intervention. Even with the dissolution of two-a-days, the still-common schedule of five or six consecutive practices followed by a day off “seems horrible from a structure point of view,” Lindsell said.
“We know from the data that high-intensity training for six straight days in any athletic endeavor creates muscle damage,” Lindsell said. “As with anything, the body gets stronger by healing itself. It’s no wonder you see so many guys with strains and pulls in these situations.
The NFL doesn’t allow use of GPS devices such as this one during games, but many teams have started using them to monitor players’ practice workloads.
“Think if you were training in a gym, would you do your upper and lower body for six consecutive days? No. You would do upper body one day, lower body another and then maybe cardio. The data suggests taking these principles onto the training field. You would have to customize it to getting ready for a football season, but rearranging the physical emphasis on a daily basis definitely lowers the risk for these kinds of soft-tissue injuries.”
During one summer with the Falcons, Lindsell recorded six consecutive days of high intensity sprinting by a wide receiver. Data showed the receiver was nearing a load score associated with a high chance of a muscle tear. The recommendation was to pull back quickly and allow for recovery.
“It can be pretty obvious when you look at the data display,” Lindsell said. “You look at it and say, this is a four-week injury waiting to happen, and really it is completely preventable.”
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