How Digital Health is Changing Sports Medicine’s Approach to Injury & Recovery

150616_kane_toews_3f0dd9d0365401c263fe21084ffb9bf5-nbcnews-ux-2880-1000As wearable devices have become more ubiquitous, professional sports teams and their athletes have taken notice of these technologies and the impact they can and are having on athlete health and performance. While the obvious use of wearables in sport is to optimize athletes’ game-time performance, athletes must first be healthy enough to step onto the field. Professional teams and athletes alike are highly incentivized to stay healthy and injury-free. In 2014, NBA teams lost a combined $358 million to knee injuries alone. Sidelined players not only jeopardize the success and revenue of the team but also the longevity of athletes’ professional careers.

Fortunately, teams and their sports medicine physicians and data scientists can now gain a better understanding of when acute and overuse injuries occur, how each athlete can best recover and how to prevent injuries altogether through the utilization of real-time and continuous data on biometrics, functional movements and workloads from wearable devices from device manufacturers including Zephyr, Omegawave, Firstbeat and Catapult.

By Jennifer Plumer | mobihealth news


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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