CMU Soccer Players Wear GPS Technology During Practice, Games

Soccer players at Central Michigan University are using a new tool to help them perfect their game.

The team started wearing a GPS device that tracks everything from movement to speed.

The information collected helps coaches keep players in shape and reduce the risk of injury.

The technology is made by an Australian company, but it’s made its way to Mount Pleasant where it’s helping student athletes take their game to the next level.

CMU soccer players like Alexis Pelafas now have new technology to help improve their game. It’s a wearable GPS.

“They’re really able to look at our numbers and tell us if we’re going to be the people that do a little bit less today or have to do a little more,” said Pelafas.

It tracks everything from movement to distance and speed and is fed in real time to students and professors like Paul O’Connor

“We mainly use it to monitor player loads we want to see how hard the player is actually working during the session. So we know if they’re working too hard, there’s a risk of getting fatigued and injured, and if they’re not working hard enough they come into a match and loads increased they’re going to get injured as well,” noted O”Connor

Fifth year head coach Peter McGahey says the new technology has been transformative

“As a coach you’re always wondering how hard can we, does it have to be easy, does it have to be hard, where is the intensity level, we sort of have the science to now support antidotal what you’ve always known. With our season and how it’s set up, the injury reduction and maximizing performance any edge you can have is certainly going to help,” said McGahey.

Right now it’s just the women’s soccer team using this technology but there’s the possibility other teams could pick it up in the future.