STATSports have signed a deal to provide its APEX Team Series GPS Device player monitoring devices to one of the world’s greatest footballing nations, Brazil. Just days ago, the Northern Ireland company has signed a similar deal with the US Soccer Federation.
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The long-term partnership will see STATSports’ monitoring devices worn by Brazil during this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Other countries such as Germany, Portugal, Belgium and England will also make use of the technology during the tournament.
“This agreement with the Brazilian Football Confederation is huge for STATSports. Brazil are an iconic brand in world football, with a rich history of success,” said STATSports, Co-Founder and CCO, Sean O’Connor.
“We look forward to supporting Brazil to further on-field success at this summer’s World Cup and for many years to come.”
Worn in a vest and positioned between the shoulder blades, the Apex unit is a performance monitoring tool. It measures and analyses physical attributes of players and can provide feedback on distance, speed, acceleration, deceleration, high-speed running, heart rate and more. This will allow Brazilian coaches to tailor training sessions to ensure their players reach peak condition on match-days.
Most importantly, the gizmo even provides insights on player load and level of fatigue. Both of these are important indicators that can help when it comes to avoiding player injuries.
“We want to make sure we leave no stone unturned when it comes to our preparation for this summer’s World Cup and beyond,” said Guilherme Passos, Physiologist at the Brazilian Football Confederation.
“A key part of this preparation is the technology we use to monitor the load we are placing on our players during sessions.”
Brazil is the bookies favourite along with Germany to win the 2018 World Cup. It is clear the country’s Football Confederation is doing everything it can in its bid to lift the cup for the sixth time. Brazilian fans are growing impatient. The last time the country won the final was back in 2002.
Physical performance has become a key factor to achieving success in football. GPS tracking enabled by STATSports equipment are part of a growing trend of professional teams using data-tracking technologies for training purposes.
But you don’t need to be a professional to take advantage of the latest tech on offer. There are a number of products on the market that have already built a good customer base with major clubs and amateurs alike.
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