Sale Sharks adopt space age technology

Big Brother will be keeping an eye on Sale Sharks this season as part of new head coach Mike Brewer’s mission to transform the Edgeley Park club’s fortunes.


The Kiwi has brought in some revolutionary state of the art technology to the Aviva Premiership club in a bid to monitor and improve each player’s individual progress and to also prevent injuries from wrecking his plans ahead of the new season.


It means there will be literally no hiding place for the players at Sale’s Carrington training base with each squad member wearing a special Global Positioning Satellite tracking device as Brewer and his coaching staff monitor and mentor the Sale’s player’s progress.


The cutting-edge technology, developed by GP Sports Systems, monitors information beamed back from satellites in space, and has already in use at such football giants as Chelsea, United and Real Madrid as well as rugby giants the All Blacks and former Heineken Cup winners Leinster, where Brewer was forwards coach.


But Sale have become only the second English rugby club, after champions Leicester, to implement the system in England.
It hasn’t come cheap and the club have appointed a new analyst, Dan Lynes to work with Nicola Cahill, to help get the most of the GPS.


However, Brewer believes it’s value will quickly become apparent.


“In a lot of training sessions you are not entirely sure how hard those players are working be it with their heart rate, their acceleration or whatever, but the GPS system can tell us,” said the former New Zealand star.


“It will allows us to build into our sessions a high level of intensity. And it will tell us if some players are hitting the mark we want and if some are falling a bit short and maybe need top-up sessions.


“It will take away all the guesswork from our training.


“But the second aspect is that they actually monitor force. If a player is favouring one leg or one hip or knee it will measure the displacement and the way the athlete is running.


“That means we can start picking up on things before a soft tissue injury occurs.” he told Neil Leigh of The Manchester Evening News.


“So if you’ve got guys who are renowned for hamstring or calf injuries, we can tailor things accordingly as the GPS will monitor every step, every function, and every change of direction they take.


“The cost is expensive as far as a capital cost – about two thirds of the cost of what we would term a squad player.

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