Iowa State University’s volleyball team, following the lead of a growing number volleyball programs, has started to use VERT, a device that tracks the height and frequency of player jumps in a practice session, game, or any other desired time period.
To use VERT, players simply have to wear a small device, about the size of a USB stick, under their jerseys. The trackers then instantly shoot the information to a laptop—VERT is quick, simple, and easy to use.
This seemingly simple technology provides an important service for Iowa State’s team, for they can now get a sense of how much stress their players undergo in their practices, and then try to regulate this as well as possible. While jumping is obviously not the only determinant of stress, it is still a good measure of how much pressure one experiences.
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