Wednesday April 1, 2020

The measured athlete

Technology can tell us more than ever before about the performance of professional and amateur athletes. Alex Meehan meets an Irish company driving innovation in the sector, and asks what the tech can do for you

3rd November, 2019
Ronan Mac Ruairi of PlayerTek/Catapult Sports demonstrates a GPS device Picture: Barry Cronin

On any given evening in Ireland, teams are togging out and starting to warm up on football, hurling, soccer and rugby pitches around the country. They go for a jog, do their stretches and listen to their coaches’ plans for the session.

So far, so normal. But the members of around 100 of those teams will then start pulling on Lycra vests designed to hold a GPS device snugly between their shoulder blades. Through...

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