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A New Trend in Football Fashion?
At first I thought that some very athletic women were participating in a football team conditioning drill. Who else would be wearing a sports bra on Memorial Field? But, no, it turns out that the form-fitting halter tops on these Dartmouth varsity players hold a highly accurate GPS tracking unit in a small pouch just below the neck. The device, made by Catapult, an Australian company, can measure a thousand points of data per second: everything from acceleration, impact, speed, yards logged and so on. As one Team Canada hockey coach put it, “Catapult eliminates an athlete’s or coach’s personal perception of workload. The data is a true objective measure of the effort put forth.”
In other words, a coach can both assure in real time that athletes are getting a sufficiently vigorous workout, and that they are not surpassing their maximum workload. The information is allowing coaches to precisely tailor practices to keep athletes fresh. The software has even been adapted to position players like football linemen and soccer goalies, whose mobility profile is different from that of most other athletes.
Catapult has 1500 pro teams using its device, everyone from Australian rugby squads to the Cowboys and Packers, the Bruins and Canadiens, the Celtics and Golden State Warriors, and European soccer clubs like Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
The next frontier: selling live data to broadcasters, who might track players whose work rate is higher than others, or whose hits are the hardest, or who are showing tension as measured by an accelerated heart rate.
Whatever you do, don’t laugh at these guys:
This University of Alabama video describes how the Crimson Tide uses Catapult’s technology:
Addendum: As always, Buddy Teevens ‘79’s football team is on the cutting edge of technology, either because it’s buying in new innovations or developing them itself in the case of the Mobile VIrtual Player (MVP).
Addendum: An alumnus writes in to note that the football team is not the only College squad to wear, er, um, the latest in sports tracking technology. The ruggers do, too, though their equipment is made by VX Sport:
Forgive me, but in this instance I just can’t help but recall the Lumberjack Song.
Addendum: Another alumnus writes in:
Not to take anything away from our innovative Buddy, the DRFC has been using GPS load monitoring devices since 2012, thanks to a gift in memory of Paul Darling ‘66 USMC by his teammates.
Credit where credit is due.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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