Like it or not, modern football has become reliant on technology. For some time now, GPS performance tracking has been the secret to success for professional players who wish to monitor recovery from injury, game statistics and fitness – but how do they do it?
Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar occasionally sporting a cropped vest during training or under their shirt amidst the post-match exchanges with opposition players. Staying true to the theme that big things come in small packages, in the back of those vests is a tiny GPS tracker, which can record up to 1250 movements a second, meaning every sprint, every impact and every single movement an athlete makes is made a note of.
This is where PLAYR comes into things. Catapult Sports, the family PLAYR is part of, was one the first to create such technology for athletes during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and from there, well, sports has never quite been the same. The leader in elite sports performance analytics boasts a list of clients spread across a range of sports, but in the world of football, Chelsea, Leicester City and FC Porto are among those to put their faith in Catapult. Football wasn’t slow to recognise the importance of athlete monitoring and with that came the advancements you see today – but where does that leave you?
This kind of technology has been exclusively available to the elite for over a decade, but that’s about to change. Not only does PLAYR put those advancements in player tracking and statistics at your fingertips, but they also combine that with cutting edge sports science from Premier League coaches. From what you eat to how you sleep, all the way through to schedule management and exercise, PLAYR ensures your preparation, performance and recovery is akin to a professional’s.