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CBS - Boston Startup Brings Performance Wearable Technology To MLB
Opening day is right around the corner, and WBZ business reporter Jeff Brown reports a Boston company’s technology will be seen on the field this year. Boston startup WHOOP is teaming with Major League Baseball to bring its performance wearable technology to big league diamonds. The device is worn on the wrist and tracks a players’ performance during games. Founder Will Ahmed says the device is used to optimize performance.
tom's guide - Whoop Strap 2.0 Review: LeBron Wears It, But Should You?
There’s a fitness gadget out there that is so hot that NBA players are sneaking it under their sweatbands, Major League Baseball changed its rules to allow it during games, and high-profile athletes such as LeBron James and Michael Phelps are touting it. It’s now available for the rest of us, too. The Whoop Strap 2.0 tracks how you are recovering from your last workout, how your sleep is supporting your progress and how ready you are for the workout ahead. However, at $500, it’s not cheap. I took five weeks to find out for myself, as I trained for my 10th marathon, to see if the Whoop lived up to the hype. And it mostly does.
ESPN - Inside the 'Tinderization' of today's NBA
The gatekeeper of America's most popular nightclub is a 33-year-old man known to NBA players simply as "Purple." And tonight he's busy. A former high school dropout who rose to become the go-to guy for nightlife in Miami, on this night Purple gets a text, makes some arrangements, and now he's meeting his "friends" through a secret side door of the famous LIV nightclub, the portal to an underground network beneath the famed Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach. "Ever seen the movie 'Goodfellas,' when he takes his girl underground?" Purple asks. "They love the whole walking underground thing." - Detailed Review: WHOOP – an athlete recovery monitor/advisor and HRV-enabled oHRM for the wrist.
WHOOP is a potentially super-clever piece of performance/training optimising kit for serious-to-pro athletes covering most sports, including triathlon & team sports. In simple hardware/software terms it’s ‘just’ a wrist-based heart rate monitor and an online/smartphone app. It offers a holistic HRV-based view of your ‘recovery‘ coupled with a view of your daily HR ‘strain’. Specifically, strain & recovery feed into your readiness to train and into your sleep needs.
SportTechie - NBPA President Chris Paul Among Los Angeles Clippers Star Players Using WHOOP Wearable
Los Angeles Clippers star guard Chris Paul was seen before Saturday’s game wearing a WHOOP on his left wrist, and he’s among the numerous players on the team who use the device. Backcourt mate J.J. Redick became the latest Clippers player to speak of his use of WHOOP, the wearable device that analyzes strain, recovery and sleep. “I actually wear one at night,” Redick said Friday on The Rich Eisen Show during a conversation about NBA players and their rest. “It’s called a WHOOP, and you wear it on your wrist, and it sort of measures your REM cycles and all these things. “The WHOOP is for my own sort of benefit.”
Ben Greenfield Fitness - The World On Your Wrist: How To Track Your Daily Strain, Recovery, Sleep & More (A Nerded Out Review Of The New WHOOP Wearable.)
These days, everyone and their friggin’ mother wears a fitness tracker. I’m serious: from old men at golf clubs to soccer moms in mini-vans, it really seems almost everybody has something strapped on their wrist, their arm, their finger, their toes and goodness knows where else – quantifying steps, food, sleep, heart rate and – with each new darling added to the self-quantification wearable market – oh, so much more. As a matter of fact, according to research firm Gartner, 70 million fitness wearables were sold across the globe in 2015, and sales were projected to grow 18.4% in 2016. That’s a crapload of wearables scuttling around the streets of your neighborhood. So how the heck does a wearable stand out in this saturated market?
Inside Edition - Ultimate Wearable. Harvard Grads Invent Device That Claims to Guide Workouts Based on Sleep
Ryan Lochte, LeBron James and a growing number of elite athletes have embraced the Whoop Strap — wearable technology with a twist. "What differentiates Whoop is our ability to tell you what to do next," Will Ahmed, the co-founder of the company, told Inside Edition. "We look at the amount of strain that accumulated on your body and say this is how much sleep you need to recover for tomorrow." Ahmed and two fellow Harvard grads put their heads together and created a wearable device that tracks five body metrics 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Sportscenter - WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed discusses MLB On-Field Certification on ESPN's Sports Center
Recently, Major League Baseball approved in-game use of WHOOP to monitor players' Strain, Sleep, and Recovery. WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed had the chance to sit down with Doug Kezirian of ESPN to discuss the WHOOP Strap 2.0 functionality, the positive impact it could have on improving teams' performance, and the experience working with MLB to achieve this goal.
Mashable - Look for this wearable on wrists when baseball season begins
If we had to pick a walk-out song to the new Major League Baseball-approved wearable the Whoop Strap, we'd go with "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team because close enough. The tracker will be one of the few biometric devices allowed on the field during games in the upcoming 2017 season. The Whoop Strap is used to record and measure sleep, recovery and strain, and can be worn day and night. It also can store up to 100 megabytes of data. MLB and teams aren't going to force anyone to wear the device, but it's officially now an option for players, according to ESPN.
SportTechie - MLB approves wearable device WHOOP for in game use
Last week, MLB notified teams that players can wear WHOOP during games starting with the 2017 season, making it the first wearable device of its kind approved for in-game use for MLB players. WHOOP and the MLB recently conducted the largest ever performance study in U.S. professional sports, so the technology announcement is a continuation of that pre-existing relationship. Still, the approval of the wrist-worn sensor WHOOP isn’t the first time wearables have been approved for in-game use. For the 2016 season, the Motus Baseball Sleeve — which measures stress on elbows — along with the Zephyr Bioharness for heart and breathing rates were approved. Will Ahmed, Founder and CEO of WHOOP, suggested on the company blog that MLB pitchers could use the WHOOP Day Strain to better assess strain levels compared to just monitoring pitch counts.