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Damian Hall checks out the tech that could turn you into Lionel Messi (well, kinda)
Sports tech can help you train like a footballer
Premier League teams have been using performance-tracking wearable tech for some time, and now it’s available to amateur players. Tracktics (tracktics.com) records your number of sprints, top speed, overall distance, stopping time and much more. A tactical heatmap details positioning and your areas of influence on the pitch.
You could also spend this summer improving your ball skills using a connected football called the DribbleUp (dribbleup. com). DribbleUp’s smartphone app tracks the ball in real time and analyses thousands of data points, synthesising it into personalised training feedback. Interactive drills include shooting, juggling and ground work, with a virtual trainer grading your performance and giving audio feedback.
If you’ll be doing HIIT workouts, Moov’s HR Sweat (moov.cc) worn inside a headband measures heart rate from the side of the head, where skin is thinner and increased blood flow delivers more reliable readings. Moov’s app provides four circuit workouts, with an AI-powered coach barking orders to get you match fit.