After expanding its footsteps into the realm of health, Apple Watch now all set to accelerate its growth on sports turf. As per the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), women’s cricket team of Australia will use Apple Watch to improve their performance ahead of Ashes series in the UK.
The AIS has developed an app for Apple Watch to optimize team training, reduce injury risk, and enhance performance. This powerful activity monitoring app allows coaches to adjust the workload on players as the app tracks and shares the team’s activity all day.
Activity App Monitors Key Data like Heart Rate, Mood and Sleep of Women’s Cricket Team
The activity app monitors crucial data like training load, heart rate, mood, and sleep data. One of the best things about this app is that coaches and performance staff can make meaningful changes to improve players’ prospects. They can make these changes even if players are traveling.
Cricket Australia’s David Bailey, a performance coach, says, “Apple Watch delivers highly accurate and instantaneous data, which has helped us overcome previous challenges where player data reached us too late to be leveraged. Now we can analyze player data in real time and put interventions in place to manage player fatigue and mitigate the risk of injury.”
Bailey also adds, “Since the team has worn Apple Watch and shared activity, we’ve seen players become more accountable and engaged in the training process, more motivated by the data, and have more fun along the way.”
Comprehensive athlete management of this app includes training load and player fatigue; this feature ensures that players are not exhausted by training. Removing the possibility of injury is also one of the goals of this app.
Ian Morrow, project manager, applied technology and innovation, Australian Institute of Sport says, “We’ve always known that speed, breadth, and accuracy would be critical if data was going to make a difference to a team’s performance.”
Morrow further says, “We also knew we could get performance benefits by having athletes obsessed with their data, and Apple Watch has helped us do this. The ability for the AIS to utilize the powerful sensors within Apple Watch gave us an opportunity to deliver on our ambition to innovate within performance management and create something literally game-changing.”
For players, it is the popularity of this smartwatch that encourages them to wear the device for long hours, and thus, performance staff gets comprehensive data of the day players to spend on the field.
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