Connecting Athlete Health In A Data-Driven World: Part 2



A skiier sporting athletic wearables, to help his performance

In today’s data-driven world, more athletes and sports medicine professionals are turning to technology to boost their game and optimize their training than ever before! Technology, like wearable devices, collects data to promote better athletic health and performance, and their usage is growing in prevalence.

In a recent blog post, we investigated the kinds of wearables that are on the market and the types of data they can collect. In the second part of our blog series, let’s dive into why all of this data is so valuable when it comes to an athlete’s health and performance! 

How Does Data From Wearables Help Athletes?

The wide range of wearables available today are changing the way an athlete’s health and performance are addressed because they’re shedding light on the factors that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, and can be tracked in real-time during training or a game.

Data captured by wearables can indicate when an injury is likely to occur due to overtraining or imbalance, enabling you to proactively address them. This type of data allows you to adjust an athlete’s workload when there’s a risk of injury. An athlete’s data can also be leveraged to create customized training plans for them, including targeting the inefficient movements identified by position tracking sensors, or developing an effective injury rehabilitation plan based on muscle activation data.

Injury risk and decreased performance that stem from improper recovery can also be identified! One study found that sleep-deprived judo athletes had decreased power and muscle strength, and this is just what wearables with sleep, fatigue, and recovery tracking capabilities can help athletes avoid. Fatigue data allows for proactive identification of injury risk to help you identify the best balance between strain and recovery, in turn helping push performance to the next level! 

The data gathered by wearables and other athlete monitoring technology can also contribute to the improvement and future development of solutions for improving athlete health. For example, FITGuard’s database utilizes data collected from users to further improve its head injury detection capabilities. When all is said and done, there’s a lot of athlete data floating out there that can be used to improve athlete health and performance, if it can be meaningfully analyzed!

Connected Health

The wealth of data collected by wearables can be used to give athletes a competitive edge while reducing injury risk, since they enable you to pinpoint and analyze many elements that contribute to an athlete’s success or failure. Access to all of this data allows those involved in an athlete’s care to make informed decisions to improve health and performance!

The data from wearables can be used in tandem with other data sources to create a more comprehensive picture of an athlete’s health. For example, you could examine time-stamped wearable data alongside video footage to understand how an injury occurred, or analyze power output against heart rate to optimize performance.

Centralizing the data you’ve collected from wearable devices and other athletic tracking technology in an Athlete Electronic Health Record, like Presagia Sports, allows you to effectively draw conclusions to minimize injuries and maximize performance! Centralization facilitates the evaluation of data collected by wearables alongside an athlete’s health data from other sources. This can also give all stakeholders access to critical information about an athlete, allowing for a holistic approach to analysis and treatment. The more data the better, when it comes to your athletes’ health!

Evidently, technology, such as wearables can help athletes improve their training, performance and recovery. Here at Presagia Sports, we can’t wait to see what new and innovative technology is in store next!