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GPS helps keep USA healthy at World Cup

by GPS4US 2014-07-02 15:28

True, United States striker Jozy Altidore was injured during the first game of the World Cup against
Ghana and missed the rest of the tournament.

But what’s notable is that Altidore was the only American to miss any World Cup games this year.

Certainly luck plays a bit of a factor, but the USA’s relatively injury-free run to the Round of 16 can
also be credited to GPS technology.

Bloomberg reports that team physician George Chiampas is using matchbox-sized GPS units tucked inside
the players’ uniforms to track their every movement on the field. GPS helps Chiampas measure the
distance players run and their overall workload throughout the game.

“That’s just one example of the data we use,” Chiampas told Bloomberg. “We have a pool of physicians
and sports administrative staff that look at that data. It’s something moving forward as technologies
improve and you have access to those sorts of things.”

It’s no surprise the USA was one of the World Cup’s best-conditioned teams. That was on display in
extra time Tuesday as the Americans mounted an ultimately fruitless comeback against Belgium in extra
time. 

Alas, the USA World Cup run ended with that furious comeback against Belgium. Ultimately, Belgium won
2-1. However, the Americans made their marks on the field with their play, and off the field with their
technology.

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