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The market for wearable technology has moved into rapid growth over the last few years and it is no surprise that the world of sport is seeing the benefits. 

From Aussie Rules Football, which was the first sport to use GPS technology back in 2004, to the UK's Premier League, which is now worth more than £5bn in global TV rights alone. 

So sticking with the Premier League, let's talk about Leicester City Football Club. The team that, to many people's surprise, were this year's Premier League victors. 

When you look a bit closer at the unexpected success of this team, they have had the fewest injured players throughout the season, which leads us to their use of wearable technologies.

The club's players wear the Catapult Sport's OptimEye S5, which gathers data relating to their acceleration, position, direction and the impact of any collisions. These devices have sensors that can collect between 800-900 data points per second. 

With the level of data described above, the club can use the information that it gathers to rest, rotate and recover its players appropriately. With it's best players being consistently available throughout the season, it would seem that some of their processes, including the use of this technology, has helped them achieve their 'goals' as a club. 

Southampton FC, a rival club, also makes it's players wear GPS devices during training and has noticed that players have experienced less soft tissue and overuse injuries since introducing the technology. A manufacturer of tracking devices, StatSports, has said that one of it's European clients has recently reported only 20 muscular injuries in their latest season in comparison to 44 in their last. 

Now, whilst wearable technology can clearly provide sports clubs with reams and reams of data, it is what you do with the data that gives it real power. 

Sports scientists are not denying the value of this information, but combined with other data sets such as tactical analysis of games and the playing styles of opposing teams, it could be increasingly valuable. 

But, is it possible to lose sight of the ball with all of this data?  

Some people within the sport would argue that football icons like Sir Bobby Moore, Maradona, Beckenbauer and Pele, could read the game so brilliantly that they didn't need to sprint to get into position. There aren't many things that can beat natural skill, and for those players that are slightly on the lazy side, there will be no hiding as these new technologies are increasingly used within the sport. 

It was recently approved for all Premiership football teams to use wearable devices during games, although they are not allowed to use the data that they receive in real-time. Yet. 

With insights like this, it is increasingly apparent that technology really does have the ability to create 'game changing' results within a variety of industries, and of course, the sports world that so many of us love. 

So, for any of you out there struggling with your 5 a side team on a Saturday, maybe you need to get some wearable technology in!

Who knows, you could be playing in the Premier League before you know it! ;) 

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