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Wearable fitness tests for elite athletes

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, recently announced the launch of a novel sports technology that applies machine learning to the task of shrinking the pro-athlete analysis laboratory to the size of a wearable sensor system.
Developed after more than five years of interdisciplinary research at the Insight SFI Research Centre, hosted by University College Dublin (UCD), and in partnership with its new spin-out company, Output Sports, this novel technology brings a whole new level of portability, efficiency and accuracy to athlete performance optimisation processes. Output Sports is currently headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at UCD.
Minister Bruton said: “I am delighted to announce this new technology capability from the Insight SFI Research Centre and its spin out, Output Sports. It demonstrates how the Irish research ecosystem is responsive and flexible, supporting the commercialisation and transfer of cutting-edge research into the marketplace. The Government-funded SFI Research Centres continue to make important knowledge advancements; enhancing enterprise and industry, developing critical skills and further growing Ireland’s international reputation.”
Output Sports is now looking to expand relationships into the US. Major League soccer team, Colorado Rapids, are partnering with Output Sports to bring their technology to athlete testing and tracking processes and to meet the needs of sports practitioners who work in fast-moving elite sports environments.
Colorado Rapids is set to begin a comprehensive evaluation of the Output Sports prototype systems with an aim to maximising its usability and value for US elite-sports environments. Chad Kolarcik, head of sports science at the Colorado Rapids stated: “At Colorado Rapids, we are always aiming for the cutting edge of sports science. We are excited to be working with Output Sports as it moves itswork from fundamental science through to a commercial offering. We are working together to ensure their technology adds objectivity to sports-practitioners’ decision-making processes with the efficiency and portability required in elite sports environments.”


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