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SportTechie - WHOOP, NFLPA Partner To Give Every Player Ability To Monitor Strain, Recovery, Sleep
Boston-based sports performance company WHOOP struck a deal with the NFL Players Association, giving all NFL players, including incoming ones, the ability to monitor their strain, sleep and recovery as the WHOOP Strap 2.0 wearable device will be distributed to every player. As the first such deal of its kind between a professional players association and wearable technology technology, WHOOP will give NFL players access to and ownership of their health data along with the ability to commercialize it through the NFLPA’s licensing program. With the partnership, WHOOP is now the Officially Licensed Recovery Wearable of the NFLPA.
ESPN - NFL players grab a data equalizer in era of wearable technology
Even at the dawn of the wearable technology era, NFL receiver Andrew Hawkins could see where it was all headed. There would come a day, Hawkins said, when player evaluation and even contract negotiations would hinge on the presumably objective data collected from chips inserted in shoulder pads for practices and games.
CBS Sports - NFLPA reaches agreement to provide players with biometric monitors
The National Football League Players Association announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement with WHOOP to deliver continuous biometric monitors to its members. Each NFL player will be delivered a wrist-worn device called the WHOOP Strap 2.0, which will transmit physiological data on sleep and recovery, among other data sets.
Boston Globe - Fitness monitor makes the Big Leagues
Matthew Dellavedova helped put Whoop on the map when he was ordered to take it off. Dellavedova, then a backup guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, spent much of early 2016 wearing the company’s wristband during games before the National Basketball Association told him to take it off because it violated league rules. The order generated a flurry of headlines for the company, which employs about 50 people in an office near Fenway Park. It also spotlighted the growing role that technology is playing in sports as athletes and teams seek to quantify fitness and health in hopes of maximizing both.
Bloomberg - NFL Players, in a First, Can Sell Health Data in Deal With Whoop
Picture this: A television network during an NFL broadcast comparing the heart rates of star players doing the same workout -- or while they sleep. Say Tom Brady versus Cam Newton. Now picture being able to determine which player’s body was better prepared to play. That scenario is closer to reality after the National Football League Players Association reached a deal with wearable device company Whoop Inc. that for the first time gives players the ability to make money on their health data.
Sports Illustrated - Boston-based WHOOP creates special edition straps in honor of David Ortiz
Five days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and left at least 264 others injured, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took the field at Fenway Park to thank the policemen for their service and give a heartfelt speech in an attempt to bring the city together.
Time - Why Professional Athletes Love This Fitness Band
Life is hard, but I don't need to tell you that. You've probably already walked a mile-and-a-half in heels, lugged a bunch of packages to the post office, manned a grill during the lunch shift, or performed any number of other strenuous, everyday activities otherwise known as "work." Me? I made breakfast, got the wife and kids off to their weekday destinations, walked the dog, and spun around this desk chair twenty-something times thinking about how to write this opener. It's a good life — I'll admit that much — but by the end of the day, I'm still exhausted. And now I have proof. A few weeks ago, I started wearing the WHOOP Strap 2.0 fitness band, a high-powered but low-profile wearable that professional baseball, ever the numbers game, recently approved for in-game use. And over in the NBA, where WHOOP is still illegal, players like the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan are stuffing the sensor under their wristbands to get an edge. These professional athletes are strapping the WHOOP (rather than a Fitbit or Apple Watch) to their bodies because it provides an enormous amount of data on their performance day and night, in pre-game warmups and during post-game recovery. And if it's good enough for the pros, it's definitely fair play for this minor league father of two.
SportTechie - 9 Technology Companies That Will Impact The 2017 MLB Season
The MLB season is off and running as the Atlanta Braves, in particular, open technology-infused SunTrust Park for the first time Friday. SportTechie recently broke down the most important storylines to follow for the 2017 MLB season and with that, we also wanted to highlight some of the baseball technology companies to watch during the year. From wearables and virtual reality training to digital media, there are a number of companies making headlines at the intersection of sports and technology.
Associated Press - Wired up: Digital devices the rage in baseball
Baseball players are wired up. Yankees reliever Dellin Betances wears a sleeve around his elbow to measure stress on a ligament. Chris Coghlan spent spring training with the Phillies using a wrist band to check his sleep and recovery. Others have GPS devices hidden under their uniforms. In 21st-century baseball, digital devices monitor heart rates, skin temperature — they even track fielder's movements, all part of the exponential data explosion used to determine batting orders, pitching changes and defensive shifts. "I love to compare what the results say to how I really feel," Coghlan said. "After three years of data, I enjoy comparing to see how accurate it is. I think that it's such a better barometer to measure against than just like, I feel lethargic today."
Observer - This Harvard-Backed Athletic Wearable Is the MLB’s Favorite New Toy
Big data has taken on increasing importance for sports teams in recent years—the Chicago Cubs used motion capture analysis of their pitchers to help win the World Series. But another product being used in Major League Baseball is taking things one step further by analyzing every aspect of an athlete’s performance—and it can help weekend warriors raise their games as well. Whoop, a wearable device developed at the Harvard Innovation Lab, helps users train at their most optimal level by giving specific data about the effect workouts, along with everyday activities like sleep, have on a player’s body.