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Thursday, August 15, 2013

NFL to use GPS tracking devices during games, practices

A GPS tracking device, fitted into a pocket on the back of the jersey
 will collect information about
player location, distance traveled, and exertion levels.
As reported by the NFL:

The NFL is evolving in ways many never would have considered 10, 20, 30 years ago.

In an attempt to get the most out of its players, the NFL, in conjunction with all 32 teams, will "require players to wear non-obtrusive tracking devices in select practices and games," according to a league memo sent to the clubs on Aug. 1.

The tracking devices will use GPS functionality to monitor "positional and performance data," including speed, distance traveled, exertion levels and field locations.

Information such as this will help the NFL and its teams better evaluate the physical highs and lows any given player will experience during a game or practice, in hopes of being able to maximize performance.

Data collected from these devices will not immediately be shared with the clubs, as the league plans to work with the Competition Committee on how to best evaluate and distribute the information.

The Buffalo Bills have been using similar technology for close to a year, and feedback has been positive.

"They talk about the distance you covered and the explosiveness and how fast you're running," running back C.J. Spiller told BuffaloBills.com. "It's a good device to have."

According to the memo, it is likely that all players will be required to wear them "at some point over the next few seasons."