Many sports disciplines involve running. Therefore, the distance covered by athletes is one of the most important and useful statistics. It is pretty simple to measure if you use sports tracking. Keep in mind that different sports tracking apps and wearable devices are suitable for different sports.
GPS in a nutshell
Look up in the sky. Imagine that about 20,000 km above you there are satellites orbiting over your head. Wherever you go, you can access at least four of them. They are all sending information about their position to the GPS devices we use. The GPS device sends information back and based on the time of delivering this message, the satellites can calculate how far the device actually is. At least three satellites must receive that information in order to start the process of trilateration, which determines the location of your GPS device.
The concept of GPS sports tracking
We use GPS every single day, e.g. to check if there’s traffic on our way to work or to find a restaurant or shop. It is simple and makes our lives easier. Athletes have also noticed the benefits of GPS and have started using it in their favor. However, it is used for different purposes by endurance athletes and teams sports players. Why is that?
Different applications of GPS
There is no such thing as a universal GPS tool for every athlete. The typical workout of a runner will differ vastly from that of a football player. Smartphone apps may be sufficient for jogging, but they are not enough for running on the pitch. Due to direct contact with other players, there is a risk of damaging the phone. It is not recommended for a football or rugby player to use a traditional sports watch with GPS. It also might get damaged, or removed, or accidentally turned off or paused. When it comes to team sports, a different type of equipment is required, the kind that is not accessible to other players and preferably records other parameters of your training as well. These options are provided by sports tracking systems such as Sonda Sports.
A small and light tracker placed on your back is out of reach for other players during training sessions and games. It doesn’t bother the player in any way. The tracker uses not only GPS, but also GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System). This makes it more accurate in measuring the total distance covered, as well as the distance covered in sprint, distance in high or very high intensity, and other stats. This data is an essential element in workload management.