The Future of Activity Tracking Devices


Are going to talk about extra metric and activity tracking Our Guest expert in the team is working as an assistant professor of Integrative physiology and health science Alma College in Michigan us home. He studies the accuracy and reliability of various physical activity monitors and also uses them as incidents and tools to help individuals become more physically active ladies and gentlemen, I'm honored to introduce Our Guest assistant professor Alexander. Montoy. Welcome Alex. Thank you Alan great to be on the podcast fully my plessure. So you've been looking quite a bit activity-tracking among athletes or Sports specific context. What do you mean? CS the most promising things is it for for research purposes or do you see that the athletes would actually benefit from them in their training? What do you see as the most potential things? Yeah, that's a great question. So the the research we've been doing I would say eventually the goal is to help specific athletes or help coaches to understand when they're athletes are ready to return the sports safely or what restrictions they should have in practices or maybe how many minutes they should be limited to in a game setting off. Certainly. That's the that is the future goal with our work. We are not there yet. Although a lot of your more commercial type companies have have moved into that realm of activity tracking and and feedback that specific to the individual. So just for example a couple of brands that come to mind catapult is a system that I know are are my research birth. Or collaborators at Michigan State use in a lot of their athletic teams. So catapult is a it's a chest worn accelerometer and I believe it has heart rate as well. So it's a multi-sensor device and then catapult does a lot of the outcomes derivation I guess so they you know, they they're not like Thursday. It's not looking at the raw data catapults got some proprietary algorithms for Translating that into activity intensity or they'll report outcomes such as volume or training load and both coaches strength conditioning specialists can look at that data then and then for specific players see who has the highest training loads, maybe try to scale training or practice. This is that the the training load you're getting in a practice is similar to the load that you're getting in a game situation or they can make sure that people aren't so let's say, you know, you're coming off the summer. Especially this summer. It's been bad in terms of at least here at Alma very low engagement in practicing and the offseason cuz they're just is not access to gyms right now with everything closed and so we could look at a training volume for individual when they come in and say, you know, you're at the training volume of just use some arbitrary numbers. Let's say 10,000 in a match or a game play you're going to have to be the training load of a hundred. So how do we develop a training plan that can progress you up at a rate that you're not likely to get injured but also would allow us to know when you're ready for full participation in gameplay if that makes sense. So there are companies like catapult. I know hexoskin is another one that's a it's actually compression shirt that has sensors in it has heart rate. It does breathing rate and depth so you get a ventilation variable as well as an accelerometer and so that can give birth. Lot of individual data and so you can again compared training to gameplay type situations. So there are a number of commercial technologies that seek to make the the page comes very easy for the end user to get and then making make decisions on for individual athletes to help them manage injury return from injury increased rate of volume that type of

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