Technology in soccer through wearables
The use of technology in our daily life has become a norm, and so the use of technology in sports. For the last few years sport teams are spending millions to try and gain a competitive advantage over their opponents, and real time data with the help of wearable can be achieved.
In the last few years, FIFA the International Association Football Board (IFAB), which are responsible in determining the rules of football (soccer) are developing global wearables standards, where all the teams will use the same data-tracking technologies for training purposes.
Wearable technology could for example allow teams to monitor a variety of health and fitness statistics such as energy output, endurance, nutrition, sleep patterns and levels of fatigue. Eventually, some of this technology could make its way into live matches to help doctors and coaches, and also help fans to view in-depth player statistics.
Sports wearables are a growing field. Teams as well as players are increasingly looking to use the latest fitness technology to track performance and help improve their skills. There are a number of products on the market that have already built a good customer base with some of the major clubs across the world.
So let’s see some examples:
The Catapult OptimEye range are the state of the art in wearable athlete monitoring technology that have been developed by Catapult Sports in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport over the last 8 years and are now used in more than 20 sports at elite level for fitness, tactical, rehabilitation and technical analysis. Catapult was recently named the 12th most innovative company in the world.
Viper Pod is the world’s leading performance monitoring tool for football. It includes building sensors into clothes that players can wear on the training ground or even in matches. Moreover, Viper Pod is packed with a GPS module, a series of motion sensors and a heart rate receiver. Therefore, it is able to monitor valuable metrics such as distance, speed, acceleration, step balance and heart rate. It can also report collisions and give players a fatigue index.
InsideCoach has an idea of turning the ball into smart one which is the perfect training tool for players or coaches. The smart ball contains motion detection technology that records force of impact, spin, position, trajectory, number of ball passes, number of ball touches and play time. After that, the data will be sent directly to mobiles in real time. Thus, players can be their own coach on the field.
Then we have the Adidas miCoach. This little device collects performance data and is used in conjunction with the miCoach multi-sport app to figure out where you are in your training and as a player, then help you get to where you want to be.
This miCoach is strapped to your shoe to help you track your movement. The tracker essentially turns your mobile devices into data-crunching performance analyzers. Either using the miCoach training plan or simply track your matches or workouts, you will get detailed feedback after every session.
The Speed cell measures, speed, distance, stride rate, and max speed. It stores up to 7-8 hours of workout data and clips on to any pair of shoes. The app allows you to select a training program and get coached every step of the way.