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Villanova Wildcats use wearables to gather data on their players #WearableWednesday

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Via Sport Techie

…While the Wildcats are clearly full of talented players this March Madness, the coaching and training staff has also upped their game with the help of some cutting-edge technology.

Products from Polar, a sports technology company that makes heart rate monitors, fitness trackers, and GPS sports watches, have been utilized by the staff to gain valuable metrics and insights about their players.

With the Polar Team Pro app, coaches have been able to receive instant analysis with detailed player stats and data over a training session which can even let them compare players. This information can be a valuable tool for coaches and trainers to help them be smarter at their jobs with tasks like optimizing player training and injury recovery patterns.

In addition to the app, the Polar Team Pro web service provides a much deeper dive into the data gathered about the players and even generates detailed reports for staff members to review.

For the Wildcats, Polar has allowed team members to connect their Polar wearables (V800, M400, A300 and Loop) to the Polar Team Pro web service, allowing their coaches and trainers to gather data from daily activities.

The Wildcats’ Strength and Conditioning coach, John Shackleton, enlisted the use of Polar Team Pro system in August 2015 in hopes of getting smarter with tracking team practices, active recovery sessions and conditioning sessions, as well as to set the coaching staff up to be able to review the entire season once it has concluded.

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