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kdspurman
07-30-2013, 09:34 PM
It all started with a little green light.

On the first night of the NBA's summer league in Las Vegas, the San Antonio Spurs played the Charlotte Bobcats. As Spurs center Aron Baynes prepared to inbound the ball from the baseline, a small green light was visible, blinking steadily through the white mesh of his jersey.

First question: Is he a cyborg?

Second, more sensible question: Is that the biometric monitoring the Spurs have used in the D-League?

A stroll behind the bench confirmed every Spur had a small bulge, just between the shoulder blades, blinking green.

Fascinating. Mysterious. And as it turns out, loaded with potential: It's part of a system that has led to a huge reductions in injury, and dramatic improvements in performance, in a professional league half a world away.


We learned from 48 Minutes of Hellís Andrew McNeill that the Austin Toros -- the Spursí D-League affiliate -- were trying out some technology made by Catapult Sports.

"Itís a load meter and itís a new sports science thing," Toros coach Brad Jones explained to McNeill. "It's like a vest you put on underneath [your clothes] and you wear it in practice and it keeps track of the energy youíre burning."

The key term here is "load," the aggregate energy put into and stress placed upon the body during athletic activity. In basketball terms, this may mean -- according to the Catapult Sports site, which confirms the Spurs as clients -- measuring "the speed of a shooting guard coming off a down-screen, the impact force of a center banging on the low block, or the total distance covered by a point guard over the course of a game, week or season."

Read more here (http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/61850/getting-the-green-light)

rockets-fan
07-30-2013, 10:45 PM
Sounds awesome, hope the league as a whole and maybe other leagues like the NFL use it if it's working

MrfadeawayJB
07-30-2013, 11:29 PM
Sounds good as long as its not distracting

sunsfan88
07-30-2013, 11:53 PM
Still not better than what the Suns use ;)

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/2012/03/16/20120316phoenix-suns-love-big-chill.html

Hawkeye15
07-31-2013, 12:09 AM
this type of thing is why modern players stack up with the past. Back in the day, if you were good, they played you until you fell over.

DubiousCustomer
07-31-2013, 12:20 AM
Still not better than what the Suns use ;)

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/2012/03/16/20120316phoenix-suns-love-big-chill.html

THe Spurs have one of these too.

link (http://extramustard.si.com/2013/05/16/tony-parker-appeared-oddly-excited-to-enter-tube-of-swirling-sub-zero-misery/)

sunsfan88
07-31-2013, 04:56 AM
THe Spurs have one of these too.

link (http://extramustard.si.com/2013/05/16/tony-parker-appeared-oddly-excited-to-enter-tube-of-swirling-sub-zero-misery/)
Yea the freaking copied us :mad:

kdspurman
07-31-2013, 08:56 AM
this type of thing is why modern players stack up with the past. Back in the day, if you were good, they played you until you fell over.

Great point