Fusion Sport X Zebra Improving Health & Performance in the NFL

by Fusion Sport
 | 21st November, 2019

Fusion Sport and Zebra Technologies have teamed up this season to change the way NFL teams are able to manage player health and performance through data.
Zebra are currently the official partner of the NFL to deliver tracking during games using an RFID tracking system that involves seamlessly embedding tags into player’s shoulder pads. The RFID technology collects key metrics on player movement, speed, distance and acceleration.

Via a new API this data can now be automatically pulled from Zebra into Fusion Sport’s Smartabase Athlete Management System, where it can be combined with other metrics to support further analysis for player performance and health optimization.

As an example, teams can easily combine the data collected from the Zebra RFID technology with other data points in Smartabase to assist in simulating game demands during training, increase tactical analysis, and help with their return to play model.

Another metric evaluated is player load, a common marker to flag over or under training. This metric can be easily visualized in the Smartabase platform and provide key insights into player readiness and availability for performance staff and coaches.

Other common performance indicators reported in Smartabase include RPE (rate of perceived exertion), daily wellness, mental health, injury risk management, exertion, dehydration and fatigue.

Through the new direct API mutual football clients such as the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Ohio State University can implement more efficient processes, as they are able to automate the data collection as well as analytics and reporting workflows through Smartabase.

Smartabase clients Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys in a recent face off

Smartabase is a highly configurable data aggregation and analytics platform, used by over 250 elite performance organizations to centralize data and provide a more holistic view of athlete and tactical athlete health, performance and readiness to perform.

Smartabase currently connects to a wide range of wearable tracking technologies and fitness monitors, but the Zebra integration will be central in providing mutual NFL clients with deeper insights into player performance, health and readiness.

For an in depth look at the Smartabase platform, contact us for a demo here.

More on Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies have been the official tracking partner of the NFL since 2016. In 2019 Zebra announced an extension of their contract to provide athlete tracking for all NFL games through to the end of the Superbowl in 2022. The RFID technology works through an embedded tag in players’ shoulder pads to track each individual athlete and provide data on movement, distances covered, acceleration and deceleration during games.
The Zebra Sports Solution leverages the same real-time tracking and location solutions technology that Zebra implements globally throughout the healthcare, manufacturing and transportation and logistics industries for operational visibility.
Go to Zebra Technologies website