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Catapult Sports announced on Monday the launch of a new way to track baseball performance analytics. Powered through its marquee wearable device OptimEye S5, the new system is aimed at helping reduce the risk of injury, measure readiness for competition and quantify return to play.
Catapult was born just over a decade ago and has since become the global leader in athlete analytics. Their OptimEye range was developed in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Sport and is now used in more than 20 sports at elite level for fitness, tactical, rehabilitation and technical analysis.
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OptimEyeS5 uses a GNSS antenna and sophisticated inertial sensors to track just about every movement an athlete makes. The new system will assist both hitters and pitchers by looking at thousands of data-points every second to dish out performance analytics such as pitch count, swing count, pitch load and swing load.
“The launch of our baseball analytics platform and services, highlights our commitment to being the best data analytics and device partner for professional sports leagues and teams around the world,” Catapult North American President Brian Kopp said in a statement.
“This is one of those exciting moments when we’re able to bring a completely new opportunity to the market that will no doubt benefit coaches, players and fans of America’s game.”
Catapult says OptimEye S5 is the most used athlete monitoring device in elite sports, with over 1,100 professional teams worldwide using it to enhance their player-tracking capabilities. The launch of baseball performance analytics follows a similar system introduced in cricket recently which is now being utilized by several national teams around the world.
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