As 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.