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09-27-2011, 07:01 PM
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Sharks use latest technology - measuring players hearts

http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/shark...62&feedID=2798

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No surprise, the San Jose Sharks are again on the cutting edge of technology with their players. This training camp, the team has employed use of a new system called “Firstbeat," which precisely measures the heart rate of the players, in real-time, as they participate in practice.
“You can catalog it over time, to see work levels over time,” Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Potenza told me. “Whether they’re dropping off, or improving, or if you want to track something through the year to see the fitness level of your guys.”
The benefits of measuring heart rate are multiple. First, it gives trainers a good indication as to which players are recovering from exertion best. It also gives coaches good insight as to situations where the team might be over-training, or not training enough.

Sharks seem to be early adopters of a lot of high tech stuff.

I know that professional bicyclers use a similar system to measure heartrate through the course of a race/stage.

With a short duration/high intensity work of the hockey players, this is definitely something that can give competitive advantage.

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Any insight on how that differs from ordinary heart rate sensor? More precise? Capability to transmit the information further in real time?

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Yeah, this doesn't sound all that new. The US women's national soccer team, for instance, wore heart rate monitors during training for and games of the World Cup, and I believe the results were recorded on a computer for trainer reference.

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Sharks radio had interview with Strength/Conditioning coach Mike Potenza last night (during intermission).

From the description, it sounds more like new "software" (and how you can look/compare history of heart rates) than new "hardware" (physical monitor).

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Runners had the capability of measuring heart rate for at least a decade. Pretty cool actually. You can see your heartrate, compare it to the pace, length of time and terrain of where you ran. Forerunner is one of the better ones, cost less than 400 bucks.

One of the best features is you can set them up so an alarm goes off if your heartrate is too fast or not fast enough. I imagine the real pro's have it down to a science and setup something like. First find your max heartrate then, Monday train at 60%, Tuesday 70% wednesday 85%, Thursday 60%, Friday 90% or whatever numbers science has found are ideal.

In a nutshell it aides the training by keeping the athlete at ideal levels for specific periods of time. Helping prevent injury from training to hard, or not getting the maximum benefit from a workout by training to lightly.

Edit to Add:You can even enter your age height, weight, sex, then with your heartrate info, it can tell you your Oxygen consumption. Which then can tell you how many calories you used to burn that oxygen during the workout.


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