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Stack - 5 Things I Learned From Using the Wearable Designed for Professional Athletes
The WHOOP has become the go-to wearable of elite athletes. The NFL Players Association recently announced a five-year partnership with WHOOP in which every active player will be provided with a device. NBA players like DeAndre Jordan and Matthew Dellavedova are so enamored with their WHOOPs that they've worn them during games despite the fact they weren't necessarily permitted to do so (it's anticipated that the new CBA, which kicks in on July 1, could allow in-game wearable use). Prior to the start of the 2017 season, WHOOP became "the first continuous product of its kind" to be approved for in-game use by Major League Baseball. That decision came on the heels of WHOOP completing a study that involved 230 minor league players across nine MLB organization, making it the largest performance study ever conducted with a professional U.S. sports league. If so many pros are wearing it, the WHOOP's gotta be good, right?
Wareable - How wearable tech is bringing real data to a fantasy football world
Whoop and others are going to change the way you pick out your line-ups. NFL players are among the most marketable human beings on earth. Beyond the millions of dollars they command for bringing it on Any Given Sunday, fans buy the shoes, sports drinks, headphones, clothes, insurance and pizza these players endorse. Household names like Rodgers, Brady, Newton and Beckham adorn the jerseys of millions of followers worldwide. However, wearable tech is about to open up a brand new revenue source for the players: the personal data they generate not only while working out and competing, but also while travelling, relaxing and sleeping.
SportTechie - WHOOP Could Change Future Of Sports Storytelling
What if Michael Jordan had worn a WHOOP strap leading up to his famous “flu game” and fans back in 1997 had access to that data on how his body was doing? WHOOP founder and CEO Will Ahmed is guessing that based upon his own data that he saw while recovering from the flu that Jordan might have had something around a two percent recovery that would have been recorded. Jordan went on to pour in 38 points while fighting through illness in the Chicago Bulls’ win in a pivotal Game 5 of the NBA Finals. With WHOOP, fans around the world might have been able to use data to truly see just how much Jordan had to fight.
Sports Illustrated - Football’s Next Frontier: The Battle Over Big Data
NFL players have signed a five-year deal with WHOOP, a biometric performance company that measures workout strain, recovery, and quality of sleep via a wearable band. If teams want to see the data, they’re going to have to pay up . . . but they won’t be the only customers. When Giants linebacker Devon Kennard wakes up each morning, he checks his phone to see what the day might hold. He’ll have text messages and emails, of course, but what Kennard really cares about are his sleep stats: Did he hit his eight-hour target? How good is his recovery score? And, most importantly, how hard can he push his body today?
The Exponent Telegram - WHOOP, there it is: Technology tracks patterns of WVU athletes
It was a strange-sounding statement about a month ago, as West Virginia’s baseball team was battling before the Big 12 Championships, that rolled from the lips of manager Randy Mazey. The Mountaineers were during a 9 a.m. game, which by anyone’s standards is an early time to be strutting your stuff as an athlete, but Mazey didn’t seem to have any real qualms about it. Why not? He revealed that new this year in their training methods was that the players’ sleep and activities were being monitored, so he felt they could be prepared for this challenge as well as any others.
Geekwire - WNBA legend Sue Bird: Athletes who don’t embrace sports tech are idiots
WNBA legend and Seattle Storm veteran Sue Bird is still going strong 14 years into her pro career, and a big reason for that is the revolution in technology that lets athletes track activity and use it to better train and recover. Interviewed by Q13’s Aaron Levine at the 2017 GeekWire Sports Tech Summit, the nine-time all-star and two-time WNBA champion said she was resistant to technology when she first came into the league in 2002, but as her career progressed, she embraced the trend. Specifically, Bird said she is a big fan of the Whoop, a wearable band that tracks everything from stress to her workout to sleep.
The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt: - Will Ahmed
Andrew talks with Whoop CEO, Will Ahmed about their deal with the NFLPA to monitor and sell player's data from Whoop's wearable health monitoring device.
Fortune - Here’s What NFL Player Darrell Stuckey Wore to Train Smarter
You may think that NFL players’ hearts beat the fastest during intense moments like when trying to score the game-winning touchdown. However, Los Angeles Chargers safety Darrell Stuckey discovered that his heart rate peaks right before kickoff. Stuckey explained at Fortune’s Brainstorm Health conference in San Diego on Wednesday that a small, Internet-connected wristband created by fitness tech company Whoop has helped him learn things about his body and health that he never would have otherwise known. The wristband and its sensors measure things like an athlete’s heart rate during exercise and rest, body movements, and surrounding temperature. From that data, Whoop can calculate how long it takes for athletes to recover from physical stress, said Whoop CEO Will Ahmed.
Sports Illustrated - Cleveland Browns’ Ibraheim Campbell uses WHOOP to stay in peak condition
During a recent NFL Players Association reps meeting, WHOOP straps were handed out so that the players in attendance could be introduced to the product. Cleveland Browns defensive back Ibraheim Campbell hasn’t stopped using the wearable device since then. “I don’t take it off,” Campbell said. “It’s pretty cool. I’ve seen my awareness of myself and how I’m doing increase. It’s been big on my sleep awareness and sleeping habits.”
RoadTrailRun - Whoop Strap 2.0 Review - Novel Approaches to Monitoring Recovery and Optimizing Performance
The WHOOP system includes a sleek, water proof wrist-worn strap that measures key strain and recovery variables more than 100 times per second, 24 hours a day. WHOOP’s proprietary algorithms then process this data to provide athletes an Intensity score, which informs them about the level of Strain on their body and what it means; a Recovery score, which measures the body’s preparedness for strain or exertion; and a Sleep Performance score, which evaluates the hours of quality sleep an athlete got in relationship to the sleep he or she needed.