A new smart athletic wear being developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia seeks to use infrared technology to measure muscle metabolism and monitor vital performance metrics.
Through a series of sensors and software embedded in the fabric of the smart garment, researchers say they are able to derive insight into how well athletes are recovering, whether they’re at risk of injury, and whether they’re physically prepared for competition.
The technology, which uses near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the local metabolism of an athlete’s muscles, enables coaches and trainers to ensure that athletes are at peak health and performance while training. It could potentially even allow them to target workout regimens to ensure athletes are at their optimal level around major competitions, such as, say, the Olympics.
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