By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
The Athlete Intelligence platform not only improves player safety, but it also allows coaches to gain information from sensors in player helmets and mouth guards to build strategies around tactics that win games.
Through the state-of-the-art Vector™ MouthGuard, Cue™ Sport Sensor and ShockBox® Helmet Sensor, coaches and trainers can monitor the impact of hits to their players’ heads during practices and games. When a player’s health has been compromised, the system will alert a coach or athletic trainer to check that player for injuries.
“The goal is to serve as an additional set of eyes and ears among the organized chaos on the sidelines,” said Athlete Intelligence CEO Jesse Harper.
The data provided through the sensors can help improve performance in a number of ways. The first is by providing data on each of the hits every player on the team experienced. Through gaining this information, a coach can use coaching points to eliminate the use of a player’s head in tackles or better condition linemen so they are using the proper technique through four quarters.
The Athlete Intelligence system also offers the ability for coaches to analyze data post-game. Through its partnership with XOS, Athlete Intelligence can import video and combine it with performance dataincluding speed, distance, acceleration/deceleration, body angle, sleep, nutrition and more.
“When we have used it on players we noticed that the impact on their head is in a certain area, and it’s too low meaning they’re dropping their head at contact,” said Mt. Zion High (Ill.) Athletic Trainer Dustin Fink. “We can adjust that and fix it. It’s an extra tool in my toolbox.