French Handball Team Trains With Wearable RFID Sensors

European handball is a fast-paced indoor sport in which a team of seven players use their hands to dribble and pass a ball (similar to the one used for soccer games, but smaller) with the aim of throwing it into the opposing team’s goal. Chambéry Savoie Handball, a professional team based in Chambéry, France, is using an ultra-wideband (UWBRFID-based real-time location system (RTLS) to analyze its players’ performance during practice, with a goal of better training those individuals and managing who is on the handball court during tournaments, as well as when and in what position. Ultimately, the team hopes to increase its performance against those of other teams in its league. The solution, known as BeSpoon Sport Edition, consists of BeSpoon RFID tags and receivers, as well as Mac-lloyd‘s Sport-Tracking Fusion software, to record each player’s movements and heart rates and then forward that data to a server accessible by team managers.

Chambéry Savoie Handball is a men’s professional team within the International Handball Federation. Until it began using the BeSpoon Sport Edition solution, Chambéry Savoie Handball supplied heart-rate monitors to athletes. Physical trainers could then review the collected data in order to determine how hard players are working and how tired they are, says Laurent Munier, Chambéry Savoie Handball’s general manager. But there was no effort underway to track players’ movements. “Accurately tracking players that are moving quickly was inconceivable,” Munier says.

To track performance, a Chambéry handball player wears a BeSpoon tag integrated in the back of a special tank-top-shaped garment.

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