It should not surprise us that athletes in Olympics 2016 are using sports technology especially wearables to help improve their performance. Here we look at six wearables that we have seen athletes using to improve their performance. Shout out your favorite in the comments below or let us know if we have missed any!
1 Lumiwave Infrared Light Therapy Device
Available for pre-order for general public use, this $449 dollar device treats minor muscle and joint pains using Infrared light. It means light into body tissue which helps increase blood flow and provide short-term pain relief. It was used by the US Gymnastic team.
2 Solo Smart Glasses
The next big winner of wearables in Olympics is Solo, approximately $500 USD Google Glass kind of technology specially designed for cyclists. It has a tiny heads-up display that provides US cyclist with real-time metrics to keep track of their speed.
Stryd, the winner of the Hype Foundation’s Global Innovation in Sports was used by several Olympics runners and triathletes. Using a small wearable that clips on the athlete shoe, it measures the power a runner produces and how efficiently they use it. Before this wearable, it was only possible to calculate this in laboratories.
Halo Sport uses pulses of energy to prime the brain, powering athletes’ most effective workouts. All in all, this process takes the individual pulses of energy to signal the motor cortex in turn improving the brain’s response to athletes’ training. Halo Sport when used during the workouts, improves the performance of the players along with maximum strength, exposure and clarity. The list of players includes Mike Rodgers (4x100m relay sprinter from the US); Mikel Thomas (100m hurdler from Trinidad & Tobago); Hafsatu Kamara (100m sprinter from Sierra Leone); Michael Tinsley (400m hurdler from the US); and Samantha Achterberg (pentathlete from the US).
5 Hykso Punching Wearable
The Hykso wearable is wrapped around the wrist and the app is connected. All the data collected is sent to your Smartphone within no time. You can track your total punches, crosses, jabs, uppercuts and hooks etc. It also helps you to measure the intensity of your workout on the bag or the pads by combining the types of punches you throw
Hysko was used by the US and Canadian Olympics Boxing team to gain a competitive advantage over competitors and helped US team win a bronze in boxing.
MuscleSound has been with the USA Cycling team for months in preparation for the Olympics, scanning and providing critical information on the effect of an intense training and travel schedule on fuel levels and recovery. The U.S. Women’s Track Cycling team, led by Sarah Hammer, claimed the silver medal in Olympics.
WHOOP was used by 20 Olympics athletes such as swimmer Ryan Lochte, wrestler Adeline Gray and beach volleyball team Casey Patterson and JakeGibb. WHOOP’s proprietary algorithms process data to provide athletes an Intensity score, which informs them about the level of strain on their body and what it means.
8 Vert Jump Tracker
We have already published an article on the Vert earlier but this $125 USD wearable dedicated to capturing metrics associated to jump is the next big winner. Used first by the US women’s volleyball team, it helped athletes and the team injury free Olympics.