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Validity of Real-Time Data Generated by a Wearable Microtechnology Device

Weaving, Dan1,2; Whitehead, Sarah1,2; Till, Kevin1,2,3; Jones, Ben1,3,4

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: October 2017 - Volume 31 - Issue 10 - p 2876–2879
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002127
Technical Report

Weaving, D, Whitehead, S, Till, K, and Jones, B. Validity of real-time data generated by a wearable microtechnology device. J Strength Cond Res 31(10): 2876–2879, 2017—The purpose of this study was to investigate the validity of global positioning system (GPS) and micro-electrical-mechanical-system (MEMS) data generated in real time through a dedicated receiver. Postsession data acted as the criterion as it is used to plan the volume and intensity of future training and is downloaded directly from the device. Twenty-five professional rugby league players completed 2 training sessions wearing an MEMS device (Catapult S5, firmware version: 5.27). During sessions, real-time data were collected through the manufacturer receiver and dedicated software (Openfield v1.14), which was positioned outdoors at the same location for every session. The GPS variables included total-, low- (0–3 m·s−1), moderate- (3.1–5 m·s−1), high- (5.1–7 m·s−1), and very high-speed (>7.1 m·s−1) distances. Micro-electrical-mechanical-system data included total session PlayerLoad. When compared to postsession data, mean bias for total-, low-, moderate-, high-, and very high-speed distances were all trivial, with the typical error of the estimate (TEE) small, small, trivial, trivial and small, respectively. Pearson correlation coefficients for total-, low-, moderate-, high- and very-high-speed distances were nearly perfect, nearly perfect, perfect, perfect, and nearly perfect, respectively. For PlayerLoad, mean bias was trivial, whereas TEE was moderate and correlation nearly perfect. Practitioners should be confident that when interpreting real-time speed-derived metrics, the data generated in real-time are comparable with those downloaded directly from the device postsession. However, practitioners should refrain from interpreting accelerometer-derived data (i.e., PlayerLoad) or acknowledge the moderate error associated with this real-time measure.

1Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom;

2Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club, Leeds, United Kingdom;

3Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union Club, Leeds, United Kingdom; and

4The Rugby Football League, Leeds, United Kingdom

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