Sep 25, 2020
Mariners Use Sensor Rings To Monitor Rest, Recovery

It may not be World Series rings, the Seattle Mariners have gifted their players with some high-tech jewelry that will hopefully result in an eventual deep postseason run.

The Major League ballclub has outfitted their roster with Oura Health’s Oura Rings to help players and staff get personalized insights on sleep and overall health, according to an article on GeekWire.com.

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These rings give biometric data on sleep, activity, and recovery habits by measuring key physiological signals like temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate among others. The results get sent to the Oura app and allow users to see how their body is reacting and recovering from heavy workloads.

According to GeekWire.com, the Mariners say the metrics will help players analyze the impact of their sleep and training regimen on the body’s ability to perform at its best.

“We believe that the restorative value of sleep is critical to a championship model,” Mariners Executive VP and GM Jerry Dipoto said in a news release.

Also in the news release, Seattle’s head athletic trainer, Kyle Torgerson, said the rings additionally help players minimize brain fog as players “feel the grind of the travel schedule and playing games nearly every day.”

Oura works as an official health-tracking partner with the UFC as well as the NBA, WNBA, and NASCAR. And the company is involved in research to determine whether the rings help to detect symptoms and early signs of illness, such as COVID-19.

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The San Francisco-based startup has raised $47 million to date. After a $28 million funding round in March, the company said it had sold more than 150,000 rings since launching in early 2018.

To read the full story from GeekWire.com on the Mariners making an effort to increase player performance with wearable sensor tech, click here




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