The New York Giants are among a short list of the newest clients to use Catapult Sports' on-field GPS tracking service. They join the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams as the only seven teams in the NFL to use the product, which features a wearable GPS tracking device devised to "provide objective data on athlete performance."
The data collected by these wearable devices will allow teams to dig deeper into injury analysis, performance analysis and tactical analysis.
"Learn the speed of your quarterbacks on a scramble, the impact force of a center after a snap, or the vertical leap of a wide receiver on a sideline catch with the right program for optimal game day performance."
The NFL has permitted these teams to use the wearable GPS tracking devices during "select practices and games," but also noted in a memo sent out earlier this month that it will likely become mandatory in the very near future.
"Likely all players will be required to wear tracking devices in all NFL games at some point over next few seasons," Vice President Ray Anderson said in the memo.
This sort of technology is far from a new idea, and regularly implemented in other sports around the world. Its sole purpose is to aid in future strength and conditioning, analysis on how to prevent injuries and, as you might expect, to determine how to get the most out of every player on the field.
It is not immediately clear which practices or games the New York Giants intend to use this product.
Earlier this year, the Giants also took a proactive step by joining an NFL pilot program that puts each players medical records online and makes them available to doctors and team physicians on the sidelines.
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