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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.

Pete Carroll TrophyGPSports 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.  



Iowa Hawkeye LogoThe 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.


Triple Threat 610 AM





Listen to the interview with Grant Thorne by clicking the photo.

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By Mick Blythe


When sporting pursuits are undertaken at high competitive levels it becomes necessary to ‘push’ the body to achieve greater performance. A point is often reached when the stresses and strains exerted exceed that which it is capable of withstanding (Mottran, 2010). Any injury results in reduced levels of performance capability and may require the abstention from sport for a period of recuperation (Mottram, 2010). As well as the pain and discomfort associated with injury, the individual’s performance is likely to deteriorate during this period of inactivity and an extended training period may be required to regain peak fitness (Mottram, 2010). 

In a sport where a career may be of limited duration and the difference between winning and losing marginal, if the body refuses to perform, even a minor injury can be devastating and career plans can be ruined overnight (Waddington & Smith, 2009; Mottram, 2010). This means athlete’s run the daily risk of failure on account of injuries, illness or psychological burnout (Bette, 2004). Resultantly, athletes are compelled to compete when injured – something even demanded by many spectators (Moller, 2010; Miah, 2010). 

In ‘contact’ sports some of the occurring injuries are commensurate only to those of high speed vehicular crashes (Brookes cited in Stott, 2010) with particular concern given to those who suffer repeated head trauma. For the European Rugby League ‘super league’ season ending October 2009, brain injuries, broken noses / jaws, and fractured skulls, eye sockets and cheek bones all occurred (Stott, 2010). A study of professional Rugby League players over three seasons also found that 13-17% of them sustained concussion each season (Hinton-Bayre, Geffen, Friis, 2004).  

This is concerning as long term consequences of head trauma include cognitive, behavioural, and biological deficits (Ives, Alderman, Stred, 2007) and the onset of hypopituitarism which can lead to a failure of physical growth, a stagnation of physical skills, lower energy levels, and orthostatic changes (Ives, Alderman, Stred, 2007).  Repeated head and neck trauma could also lead to the development or aggravation of cervical stenosis (Pollard, Hansen, Hoskins, 2005).  Despite being rare (Gibbs, 1993), serious head and neck injuries have also caused cervical spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia and paraplegia (Armour, Clatworthy, Bean et al, 1997; Rotern, Lawson, Wilson, 1998).

According to Svatkovsky (2000) there is no suggestion that athletes are not aware of these risks and amongst most there are no regrets at having paid for success with their health; this is not to say though that they are not concerned about their health (Miah, 2010).  Coaches, commentators and medical professionals alike have also expressed concern about the apparent growing incidence and severity of injuries in sport and have suggested (often controversial) ways of reducing the risks. Some even claim these imperative if we are to protect the welfare of players (Williams, 2011). Evidence even exists that such feelings within the athletic fraternity have led to the development of a ‘drug tolerance’ culture (Moller, 2010; Waddington & Smith, 2009) but in the words of elite sportsmen themselves:


“not to improve performance, but merely to take away the pain” (Olympic gold medallist / tour de France rider)


‘simply to survive” (World Cup winning footballer)


………..and as: “medicine” (Great Britain Rugby League international)


Although the mere suggestion of ‘loosening’ prohibited drug laws will provoke fierce criticism, a pertinent question is why should athletes not be allowed to run the health risks associated with prohibited drug use, when we do allow them to run what are probably greater health risks associated with injury? Less provocative suggestions include the improvement of protective equipment, better coaching, increased medical provision, greater performance profiling, reduced ‘game time’ and rule changes. Inception of these though is often offset against purchase prices, time expenditure and reduced income meaning an athlete’s health may be put at risk as part of club ‘cost cutting’. It is hard to envisage this been allowed in other professions. 

Yes, top sportspeople are rewarded handsomely for a job most can only dream of. Yes, as such we expect them to welcome the stresses and pressures of elite competition. However, we shouldn’t forget that as a society we have a moral obligation to protect the welfare of others.  This means, regardless of trade, all people should (if and when needed) be given the resources needed to protect themselves from harm and the time needed to heal from injury / illness without social stigmatism. 


Mick Blythe HeadshotMick Blythe   MSc, Cert-Ed.

Rotherham, United Kingdom.

  • Owner /  lead staff:  MB Health and Fitness
  • Academy manager: Sheffield Steeldogs Ice Hockey academy
  • Tutor / Assessor: Envisage Training
  • S&C coach: Dearne Valley Bulldogs ARLFC 



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.


GPSports will be at the NFL Combine as well as in Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia this February.  CLICK HERE to schedule a visit and trial.



Armour, K.S., Clatworthy, B.J., Bean, A.R., Wells, J.E., Clarke, A.M. (1997). Spinal injuries in New Zealand rugby and rugby league—–a twenty year survey. New Zealand Medical Journal. 110(1057):462—5.


Bette, K.H. (2004). Biographical risks and doping, in J. Hoberman and V. Moller (eds) Doping and Public Policy. Odense.  Odense University of Southern Denmark


Gibbs, N. (1993). Injuries in professional rugby league: a three year prospective study of the South Sydney Professional Rugby League Football Club. American Journal of Sports Medicine.  21(5): 696-700.


Hinton-Bayre, A.D., Geffen, G., Friis, P. (2004). Presentation and mechanisms of concussion in professional rugby league football. Journal of Science Medicine and Sport. 7(3):400-4.


Ives, J.C., Alderman, M., Stred, S.E. (2007). Hypopituitarism after Multiple Concussions: A Retrospective Case Study in an Adolescent Male. Journal of Athletic Training. 42(3):431–439.


Miah, A. (2010). Fight club: Should doping be allowed in sport? The Times Eureka. 14.


Moller, V. (2010). The ethics of doping and anti-doping: Redeeming the soul of sport? Routledge. London.


Mottram, D. (2010). Drugs in Sport (5TH ed). London. Routledge.


Pollard, H., Hansen, L., Hoskins, W. (2005). Cervical stenosis in a professional rugby league football player: a case history. Chiropractic Osteopath. 13:15.


Rotem, T.R., Lawson, J.S., Wilson, S.F., et al (1998). Severe cervical spinal cord injuries related to rugby union and league football in New South Wales, 1984—1996. Medical Journal of Australia. 168(8):379—81.


Stott, J. (2010). BRUTAL. News of the World. 24/01/10, 84-85.


Waddington, I., & Smith, A. (2009). An introduction to drugs in sport: Addicted to winning? London. Routledge


Williams, T. (2011). Player burnout could be resolved. Accessed from www.loverugbyleague.com  12/01/2011

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