In this year’s NBA Finals, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are coming off a franchise record setting sixty-seven-win season, currently lead the Cleveland Cavaliers three games to two in the best of seven series. While the Warriors’ success can be attributed to a variety of factors, the team’s use of technology like smart clothing may be a difference maker of a new kind.
According to sporttechie.com, a website dedicated to the increasingly newsworthy connection between sports and technology, the Golden State Warriors have been teaming up all season with a Bay area start up called Athos to improve the safety and efficiency of team training. Athos has developed smart clothing that monitors and records heart rate and respiration rate, tracks specific muscles usage, and more. Warriors players wear Athos’s clothing during practice so trainers can better analyze individual fitness. The connected clothing sends the data it collects to an app on trainers’ and players’ smartphones, which allows them to proactively address injury prone muscles and help them develop efficient athletic movements. It may be no coincidence that, according to mangameslost.com, the Golden State Warriors ranked in the top third of NBA teams least effected by injuries during the regular season. Although we don’t mean to discount the dazzling performances of the Splash Bros & Co., maybe give a little credit to the Internet of Things next time Steph Curry hits an improbable three.
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