STATS, a sports data and analytics company, announced a new GPS-based athlete training tool with textile heart rate sensors that will offer users new insights into performance.
Stats GPS is a vest embedded with textile sensors that will measure an athlete’s workout in real time based on data from GPS, heart rate and inertial measurement units. Using a 50-Hz sampling frequency (a more accurate version of some of Stats’ previous GPS-based products), the device will measure up to 300 customizable 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 receive real-time information about acceleration, deceleration, energy expenditure, count of zone entries, and time, distance and power thresholds.
After practice, coaches can access detailed session reports that are ready by the time players walk off the field via the STATS Dynamix online portal. Reports are fully-customizable and can include in-depth player summaries as well as information on imbalance and cardiovascular metrics, and explosive and braking symmetry. The system also allows sports scientists to apply results to historical data.