The best thing about our high-quality GPS tracking solutions is how incredibly versatile they are. When you have a GPS device and the knowledge to use it, you can increase the efficiency of almost any system or business, reducing costs and more. Construction companies use the technology to reduce vehicle misuse and lower costs while pet owners and parents use simple trackers to keep an eye on their loved ones. But could a GPS tracker increase the efficiency of, say, a football team?
For team members of the Georgia Bulldogs, competition is life. It’s the driving force that pushes the team to get better and better, but the Bulldogs were falling behind in one aspect: they hadn’t introduced GPS tracking to their training sessions yet. This might seem like a strange thing to do, but many of Georgia’s competitors had already started using GPS technology to monitor and evaluate player performance. Those schools include…
– Florida State
– Texas A&M
So how can GPS technologies help a football team reach their training goals faster? By giving the coach and trainers an unprecedented level of insight into the physical exertion of players in real-time. Mark Richt, coach of the Bulldogs, is still trying to learn the software, but he believes that once the technology is mastered, the team will be able to analyze and improve their performance like never before.
“We’re just using them for the first time. What it’s doing is just giving us an idea of the volume of running. How much distance are these guys traveling? What speed are they traveling at? How often do they hit maximum speeds? Things of that nature,” Richt said. “You learn a lot about just the volume of work they are doing. We’re still learning how to use them and still learning how to use the data to help us because we don’t have anything to compare it to.”
But what do the devices actually do? The particular setup the Bulldogs have chosen is attached to the player’s shoulder pads, and once the devices are attached, they’re free to gather an immense amount of data about the players, including quantitative and useful information about their speed, hit impact, and level of exhaustion.
This will allow coach Richt to take it easy on players who physically need rest while bearing down on players that aren’t giving consistent effort during practice. By allowing the coach and trainers to compare information across practice sessions, the team can see their own personal growth, allowing them to pinpoint problem areas and determine which types of training are most effective.
“If you had a really good year in a lot of those areas, you may gauge that as your point of reference for the future to try and keep it somewhere in that range. On the other hand, if you have a lot of injuries, a lot of pulls, or whatever, you might say ‘hey, maybe we’re going to far’ or if you find out it happened period 19 or after or after three point whatever miles running that day, you might be able to adjust some things,” Richt said, “Change your practice habits to help these guys. That’s what we’re trying to learn.”
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