Now My Head Hurts
First, the NBA Developmental League begins to institute in-game HR/GPS monitoring:
Pretty cool, I know at least one of these devices also records vertical leap, one of my prime interests for 30+ years. The soccer teams at the University of Louisville instituted some of this stuff years ago and promptly became regular Top 10 squads. From what I recall; the trainers showed the coaches how hard the players worked in practices and how that impacted their legs during games. Players had been complaining of feeling ‘dead’ in the legs, but coaches ignored the protests until confronted with hard data.
Same could be done with basketball: “Hey coach, your guards have lost 3″ from their vertical leaps during the past 2 weeks as you bumped up practice time. Small wonder we are getting out-rebounded and losing 50/50 balls more often.” Interesting to see how/if the coach will react.
Then we see some in-race HR data from Hong Kong…but its from the damn jockeys:
Astounding how hard those guys work when it appears to the untrained eye that they are merely sitting on top of horses.
Why oh why does no one seem to understand how valuable this stuff would be from actual horses? Not vertical leap of course, but GPS and HR data from the warm up through the race and on through the gallop out/cool down. Trainers, spectators, bettors, etc. – everyone would have a new data stream to help improve their experiences.