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Forbes - The Top Fitness Trackers 2017. The Best Devices On Sale Now
Much more than a step-counter, this is the device worn by LeBron James, Kyle Lowry, Chris Coghlan and dozens more top athletes. Let’s get the price out of the way now - $500. I know, it’s a lot more than the other devices on this list… but you are paying for a super in-depth experience. It takes readings hundreds of times a second (collecting almost 100MB of data a day) and, once synced to your smartphone, you get three key takeaways: your day strain, recovery score and sleep targets. It does all of this from five key measurement points: heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), ambient temperature, motion and on/off wrist detection. Sure, it’s not for everyone and that hefty price-tag will be a non-runner for some, but the unique data it provides means it shouldn’t be dismissed for high-end trainers.
ESPN - Sitting LeBron makes perfect sense
Last Season, James' longtime trainer and Cavs staffer Mike Mancias supplied Cavs players with a biometric tracking device called a WHOOP, and many began wearing them. How much sleep were they actually getting? How quickly did they fall asleep? How did LeBron's heart rate change when he was flying all over the country and losing sleep? What about time zones? The idea is that devices like the WHOOP will, in time, come to function like the sensors that tell Formula One racers when it's time for a pit stop. "These athletes are a lot more cognizant now of, 'This is what I need to do to perform at a high level,'" Mancias says. In other words, as the Cavs sat on the Salt Lake City tarmac, they only had to glance at their phone screens to understand the impact of their sleepless night.
Wearable - NBA gives wearable data the thumbs down for player negotiations
The NBA has ruled that wearable data collected on players cannot be used to negotiate player contracts after releasing its latest Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the framework of the agreement was agreed back in December, it has only recently been signed and takes effect from July 1 2017. The lengthy document outlines the definition of wearables stating that it is a device, "worn by an individual that measures movement information (such as distance, velocity, acceleration, deceleration, jumps, changes of direction, and player load calculated from such information and/or height/weight), biometric information (such as heart rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature, blood oxygen, hydration, lactate, and/or glucose), or other health, fitness, and performance information."
SportTechie - Denver Broncos’ Russell Okung Discusses OneTeam Collective, Wearable Technology WHOOP
Denver Broncos’ Russell Okung might live in the trenches on Sundays but off the gridiron, the Pro Bowl left tackle is squarely situated at the heart of sports and technology. In December, the Oklahoma State University graduate was named one of six Athlete Advisory Board members for the NFLPA’s OneTeam Collective, the first athlete-driven accelerator program in sports. Okung told SportTechie that through his leadership position with the OneTeam Collective, he and his fellow athlete counterparts are hoping to “create as many opportunities” as they can for NFL players beyond what was normally the traditional licensing model. Moving forward, players will have the opportunity to engage with early startup companies to exchange their IP rights for equity stakes in the companies.
Wareable - Whoop Strap 2.0 review - A wearable that proves we should all be training like the pros
The Whoop Strap 2.0 is a wearable that aims to encourage athletes of all disciplines to pay greater attention to the symbiotic relationship between the strain training/competing places on their bodies, and the sleep and rest necessary to recover from it. This scientifically and technologically advanced, wrist-worn sensor was originally designed for elite athletes; those whose livelihoods depend on hitting their peak when it matters most and remaining durable when play-off time rolls around, year after year.
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Charlie Rose - Interview with Will Ahmed
Will Ahmed, founder and CEO of WHOOP, discusses how his company helps athletes track performance and recovery.
Inc. - The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Sports Fans
1. Whoop This sleek wearable device is specifically designed for high-performance athletes. Whoop gives you daily insights on how much to push your body.
ESPN - NBA, players plan to form new wearables committee as part of new CBA
As part of the tentative new collective bargaining agreement, ESPN sources indicate there are plans to form a new wearables committee staffed by league officials and players union representatives who will manage and regulate the use of biometrics and biometric data of players. In what has become a hot-button issue, the NBA has seen a rise in star players being rested for regular-season games. On Wednesday night, a barrage of big names including LeBron James, Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyrie Irving did not play in scheduled games to rest. So far this season, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Joel Embiid and others have sat at least one game as a healthy scratch. The devices could be used to manage those workloads and track exertion levels more precisely.
Well+Good - 5 Surprising Things I Learned About Fitness from the Smartest Wearable Yet
If all wearables are technically “smart,” this one might as well belong to Mensa. Using a unique set of metrics and truly actionable data, Whoop takes fitness tracking to an entirely new level and has been embraced by professional and college athletes like Olympic swimmer Connor Jaeger, NBA superstar Lebron James, and the Harvard squash team. Via a metric called heart rate variability (HRV) and advanced sleep tracking, it measures how much “strain” you’re subject to each day and how well your body recovers from that strain, emphasizing the fact that the time you spend sweating each day is just one small part of an effective workout routine. “Will [Ahmed], the founder of the company, always says, ‘Are you an athlete three hours a day or 24 hours a day?'” explains Jack Seitz, Whoop’s vice president of business development. “Every decision you make counts.”