Wednesday, 08 February 2017 15:34

Fitbit analyses Australian athletes and swimmers

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Fitbit is the official high-tech wearable partner of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team. More than 100 coaches, swimmers, and staff now wear its devices to enhance overall athlete performance and training.

Fitbit devices will provide data through the athlete's use of Fitbit Surge and Fitbit Flex 2 (swim proof) to help them prepare for meets.

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The partnership was used to capture statistics from Fitbit devices in athlete trials and helped the Dolphins prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Adam Pine, Paralympic Programme Director, triple Olympian and gold medallist, said, “I was excited about how Fitbit’s technology could provide powerful data to help our coaches and athletes. By tracking the activities of our athletes from one competition to the next, we can actively compare the competition environments and ensure before meets, our swimmers aren’t being too active on land, are getting enough sleep and rest, and their heart rate levels are staying within expected ranges. By comparing these metrics, our coaches have more information to help coaches ensure the success of our athletes.”

Fitbit devices were also used by 50 athletes, coaches and support staff prior to the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.

The data collected highlighted significant differences between the activities of daily living compared with activity on tour. As coaches saw this change, they kept track of each athlete to understand resting heart rate recovery times and adjusted training programmes.

Using Flex 2, Fitbit’s first swim-proof device, coaches can analyse in-pool training summaries by reviewing laps, duration and calorie burn of athletes in the Fitbit app.

Swimming Australia is also launching the Fitbit Swimming Australia Wellness Programme which is part of Fitbit’s Group Health programme.

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