An industry first, PLAYERTEK brings innovative, performance analytics designed and tailored to sub-elite sports teams and amateur athletes
Chicago, IL May 17, 2017 – Catapult Sports, the industry leader in advanced elite sports performance analytics, today announced the U.S. launch of PLAYERTEK by Catapult, the world’s first GPS-enabled, competition-grade performance analytics designed for various outdoor sub-elite sports teams and amateur soccer and football players. PLAYERTEK is based on Catapult’s world-leading technology platform used by more than 1,250 elite sports teams across 50 global markets.
The PLAYERTEK by Catapult solution leverages Catapult’s unrivalled experience and revolutionary technology used at the elite level in a dedicated way for sub-elite and amateur teams and athletes, and at a cost-effective price point. The product allows athletes of various levels to monitor their own progress, compare themselves against teammates and professional players in their sport, as well as share their performance on social media, bringing competition to a more exciting level.
PLAYERTEK by Catapult is available in two versions -- a team version, used by sub-elite football, lacrosse, soccer, women’s field hockey and other outdoor sports teams, and a consumer version, used by amateur competitive soccer and football players. Worn on the upper back and attached to a lightweight, fitted garment, the PLAYERTEK pod contains an advanced GPS and a series of smart sensors that wirelessly sync data to an iOS app on the user’s mobile device. In addition to the hardware wearable, the solution includes just-released analytics software available in both web and mobile app versions.
PLAYERTEK measures various physical performance metrics of players, including distance, top speed, sprint distance, number of sprints, impacts, player’s power output, intensity, calories burned, and work load. The product’s innovative technology uses heat maps based on accurate positional GPS data to measure how a player’s positioning changes throughout the game, allowing players and coaches to better analyze players’ performance against the team’s wider strategy. PLAYERTEK also allows players and coaches to predict and optimize performance as well as reduce and minimize injuries.
Steve Power, Chief Commercial Officer for Catapult, stated: “PLAYERTEK is a game-changing, proven solution that helps sub-elite and amateur teams and athletes make the most out of their training sessions and games, as well as compete with each other in a fun, yet powerful way. The launch of PLAYERTEK demonstrates Catapult’s commitment to providing innovative, leading sports technology for teams and players of all levels to help them boost physical performance and realize their full potential.”
Power added, “For players looking to enhance performance and raise their game, the data and insight generated by PLAYERTEK will allow them to see exactly how their performance improves over time. Not only this, but aspiring professional athletes will be able to measure themselves directly against world-class professional players.”
PLAYERTEK is available for purchase at https://shop.playertek.com/us. Buyers get the PLAYERTEK pod, a base-layer garment, a power adapter, and a micro-USB charger.
Acquired by Catapult Sports in 2016, PLAYERTEK joined a family of sports technology companies which has been helping coaches improve elite sports performance for over ten years. In the U.S., PLAYERTEK has recently partnered with sports teams of nearly 30 high schools and colleges across over 20 states.
Catapult enlightens sport with scientifically-validated analytics, obtained with the most advanced wearable technology in the world. With precision engineering at the intersection of sports science and sports analytics, Catapult works with over 1,250 elite teams worldwide to innovate how information shapes athletic performance. With over 250 performance metrics, Catapult’s powerful analytics engine enables personalized value in the mitigation of risk of injury, measuring readiness for competition, and quantifying return to play. For more information visit www.catapultsports.com.