Applications of Wearable Technology in Elite Sports

Tom Page*
Senior Lecturer, Electronic Product Design, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, UK.
Periodicity:February - April'2015


Wearable technology and biometrical data analysis have been around for a number of years within the Elite sports sector. In the last decade, significant progress has been made in the professional sports market; to the extent that many of the biometrics used by athletes are now available for consumers. The paper will focus primarily on four topics; the extent to which data from the wearable devices can be of benefit to the coaches and athletes; to what extent wearable devices can optimise training; the extent to which wearable technology could prevent injury; and also take a look at what the future holds for elite level wearable technology. Insights gathered include how the data provided by the wearable devices could benefit the health and well-being of an athlete. The data fed back to the coaches and medical staff could enable early detection of an injury and hence training could be adjusted accordingly. Furthermore, the data enables the athlete to monitor themselves and therefore, benchmark themselves against others and identify areas for improvement.


Wearable Technology, Elite Sports

How to Cite this Article?

Page, T. (2015). Applications of Wearable Technology in Elite Sports. i-manager’s Journal on Mobile Applications and Technologies, 2(1), 1-15.


[1]. BBC Sport, (2015). “Saracens wear 'concussion' devices ”. Retrived from sport/0/rugby-union/30671380 [Accessed 4 Jan. 2015].
[2]. BBC World News, (2015). “Swiss Solar Powered Plane”. Retrived from BBCAMERICA_ 20150309_140000_BBC_World_News#start/180/end/240 [Accessed 20 Mar. 2015].
[3]. Catapult, (2015). “Munster Rugby”. Retrived from cavanagh.pdf.
[4]. Chalfen, R. (2014). “ Your panopticon or mine?'Incorporating wearable technology's Glass and GoPro into visual social science”. Visual Studies, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 299-310.
[5]. Chen, K. and Bassett, D. (2005). “The Technology of Accelerometry-Based Activity Monitors: Current and Future”, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 37 (Supplement), pp. S490-S500.
[6]. Creasey, S. (2015). “Wearable technology will up the game for sports data analytics”. Computer Retrived from Wearable-technology-will-up-the-game-for-sports-dataanalytics .
[7]. Dunne, L. (2004). “The Design of Wearable Technology: Addressing the Human-Device Interface Through Functional Apparel Design”, Master's Thesis.Cornell University.
[8]. Ermes, M., Parkka, J., Mantyjarvi, J. and Korhonen, I. (2008). “Detection of Daily Activities and Sports With Wearable Sensors in Controlled and Uncontrolled Conditions”, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, Vol.12, No. 1, pp. 20-26.
[9]. FITGuard by Force Impact Technologies, (2015). “FITGuard by Force Impact Technologies”.[online] Retrived from [Accessed 25 Mar. 2015].
[10]. Gastin, P., Mclean, O., Breed, R. and Spittle, M. (2014). “Tackle and impact detection in elite Australian football using wearable microsensor technology ”, Journal of Sports Sciences, Vol. 32, No. 10, pp.947-953.
[11]. Loughborough University (2015). Sports Technology Institute | Lough borough University. Retrived from .
[12]. Polar UK, (2015). “Innovations | Polar UK”. Retrived from about_polar/ who_we_are/innovations.
[13]. Reebok, (2015). “Reebok Checklight”. Reebok United States. Retrived from us/checklight.
[14]. Salazar, A., Silva, A. and Correia, M. (2010). “An initial experience in wearable monitoring sport systems. Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine”. Corfu: IEEE, pp.1-4. Retrived from /xpl/articleDetails.jsp?tp=& arnumber= 5687625 & all.jsp%3Farnumber%3D5687625 .
[15]. Statista, (2015). “Wearable device market value 2010-2018|Forecast ”. Retrived from http://www. value/.
[16]. Swan, M. (2013). “The Quantified Self: Fundamental Disruption in Big Data Science and Biological Discovery”. Big Data, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 85-99.
[17]. Team GB, (2015). Mo Farah - 5000m, 10,000m - Team GB Athlete Profile. Retrived from
If you have access to this article please login to view the article or kindly login to purchase the article

Purchase Instant Access

Single Article

North Americas,UK,
Middle East,Europe
India Rest of world
Pdf 35 35 200 20
Online 35 35 200 15
Pdf & Online 35 35 400 25

Options for accessing this content:
  • If you would like institutional access to this content, please recommend the title to your librarian.
    Library Recommendation Form
  • If you already have i-manager's user account: Login above and proceed to purchase the article.
  • New Users: Please register, then proceed to purchase the article.