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Player-Tracking Sensors in Shoulder Pads to be Tested in 2014

(Courtesy NFL)

(Courtesy NFL)

(WGGB) — The NFL is taking the next step into advanced statistics in player tracking during games and they hope that it will change the way fans watch the games from home and in the stadium.

This season, every NFL player will wear two small sensors in his shoulder pads in order to track a variety of statistics and measurements. They will include who made a tackle, how fast a player accelerated, and how far the player ran in a single play.

It will used what’s called RFID radio transmitters, which are used in several other industries. It will take less than a second for the information to be transferred, before it’s transformed into on-screen graphics and real-time statistics.


The tracking sensor is roughly as wide as a quarter and will be placed in both shoulder pads of each player. (Courtesy NFL)

NFL representatives say that it’s so accurate, that it will allow the players to be tracked in real time. Fans will know when a player gave a little extra on a goal-line stand or if they’re running out of gas at the end of along drive.

The technology will be tested and tracked in 17 NFL stadiums, including Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Those teams include all teams that are hosting a Thursday Night Football game this season. They send 25 pulses per second to the roughly 20 receivers in the stadiums.

Perhaps more importantly for fans, the sensors will also be attached to yardage sticks and officials, to get more precise measurements of each play.

Zebra Technologies, the product’s developer, is already working on technology to measure and monitor players’ heart rates, lung capacity, and body temperatures during the game. This advancement could revolutionize the way players are treated during game action.

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