Toronto Football Club embraces wearable technology to play better and train smarter

Personal GPS units help pro sports teams avoid injuries, manage workloads and test players more accurately than ever.

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Toronto Football (that be soccer to you yanks) Club  sports science director Jim Liston  won’t even start practice until every player straps on two pieces of wearable technology — a heart-rate monitor and a GPS unit that tracks speed and distance — each connected to a laptop that logs all the data in real time. Together, the monitoring systems cost the club about $40,000.  Liston foresees a day in high-level sport when wearable technology is as ubiquitous as athletic tape. Most Major League Soccer teams ues GPS trackers during practice, as do a growing number of NFL teams. The NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, the NFL’s Detroit Lions and the NBA’s Orlando Magic use PUSH, a wearable system from a Toronto-based outfit that provides rep-by-rep feedback on weight training sessions.  “Companies are understanding the importance of the algorithm,” Alhamad says. “Form a hardware standpoint it’s pretty simple, but how can it all fit together and work well?”  –  As MLS teams adopted wearable GPS units, many used Adidas MiCoach technology, tailoring a mass-market product to a pro soccer team’s specific needs.  Roughly 1/2 of NFL teams use GPS data, mostly to track exertion and prevent overuse injuries.

“It can be pretty obvious when you look at the data display,” said Rod Lindsell of GPSports in a 2014 interview with “You look at it and say this is a four-week injury waiting to happen, and really it is completely preventable.(with using wearable tech)”

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