The Deep Beneficial Impact of Sports Wearables Sports wearables are any kind of highly sophisticated device designed for an athlete to wear on their body. These innovative pieces of technology are having a profound impact on the sports world, as professionals in different sports begin to use them to gain insights that can help them steal an edge on others in the competitive arena.

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 This type of technology comes in a variety of formats. It can be a simple bracelet. It can be a patch or piece of sports equipment that features a sensor. The sensor generates the data, the cloud collects and processes it, and then an app displays the data. Below is a look at the impact of sports wearables on the world of sport and at some of the professionals who are making the most of this advanced technology. 

The Impact of Sports Wearables on the Sports Industry

Sports wearables have been a game changer, allowing coaches to move away from trial and error and long, laborious compilation of data to making more informed decisions based on easily accessible data.

Not only sport itself has benefited from the technology, but also the sports betting industry. In some sports, teams will post some of the data captured during events on the websites, which allows die-hard sports fans and lovers of statistics to immerse themselves in the data and engage with the athlete and their team more. Sports betting fans can harness this data to make decisions about their betting. 

Tracking Health

Being able to monitor athletes’ health allows coaches to devise the best training plans for the athletes. Using the technology, both parties can follow the athletes’ progress, monitor their workload and see any risks ahead of time. All this helps them to lower the risk of injury and to create efficient training plans. 

Aiding Recovery

Sports wearables don’t just help athletes avoid injury, but also to recover from injury. Sports stars can use them to monitor their sleep pattern and hydration levels, and to assess muscle recovery. Physiotherapists can devise recovery programs to address particular weaknesses. All in all, the sports wearables help athletes to recover and return to peak levels of performance faster.

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Monitor Performance

Sports wearables are really helping sports stars to make more progress in their training. Tech such as in-built GPS, sensors on equipment, gyroscopes and accelerometers are capturing the speed, direction and position of an athlete. The tech can also register workload and body parameters. Athletes and coaches can use this insight to create strategies to boost performance. 

The insight doesn’t just have to come from training. Since the athletes are wearing the tech in the heat of competition itself, coaches can use the data in real time to make decisions during an event. If, for instance, a coach can see a player has covered lots of distance, they may decide to make a substitution so that the player can rest.

Supporting Mental Performance

Working on mental performance and resilience is just as important as physical performance. Some sports players are using EEG headbands to track their focus, concentration and stress levels during competition. They can then use this insight into their mental states to try to recreate the mental conditions for success and avoid re-experiencing ones that have caused them to fail.

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Who is Using the Tech?

The NBA is one organization where you’ll either see players making use of sports wearables or read about them using them. The dynamic sports association has recognized the ability of the technology to help its stars to minimize injury, and players are beginning to explore the benefits of sports wearables.

One player of note is the LA Lakers’ Anthony Davis. The forward-center has been spotted warming up on court sporting a wearable that resembles an Apple watch. The strap, a Whoop strap, measures imbalances between the sympathetic nervous system (the system that triggers the “fight or flight” response in stressful situations) and the parasympathetic one (the system that relaxes the body). The strap has helped medical staff to determine from the data how much time Davis should spend in a more relaxed state.

Out in Europe, the Spanish soccer team Real Madrid is also making great use of the tech. Usage focuses on GPS devices attached to the backs of the players’ shirts. From wearable tech, coaches gain insight into players heart rates, the distances the players cover, acceleration and deceleration. The tech and its data also serve as a motivational tool for the players to understand their performance, the areas they need to work on and set themselves targets.

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Sports wearables are having a profound beneficial impact on the sports industry. Coaches can change the way their athletes train, based on the data, to improve performance, minimize the risk of injury, recover quicker from injury and enhance resilience. It allows sports stars to give their very best in the sporting arena, which can only be a good thing.

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