Timex partnership launches athlete training study

First published: 20-06-2012

A major new investigation into the effects of athletics training is taking place in the US, after Timex Watches and its strategic partner the New York Giants teamed up with the Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) at the University of Connecticut.

Using a range of cutting-edge technologies from Timex, researchers from the university will assess in minute detail the effects of various forms of training on the NFL team.

Announcing the new research project, Timex president Adam Gurian said: "Our goal is to utilise all of our assets in these studies to ensure we offer training solutions that will truly impact on-field performance."

The groundbreaking study will be the largest of its kind and will utilise Timex Ironman Run Trainer GPS sports watches and Timex Ironman Race Trainer heart rate monitors to assess the performance of 35 players from the Giants.

Particular focus will be given to how different training techniques impact on heart rate, body and skin temperature, pace and fitness.

To achieve this, sports scientists from the KSI - which is named after former NFL star Korey Stringer who died after suffering from heat stroke during a practice session in 2001 – will measure heart rate during workouts in relation to the speed and workload of the American footballers.

This will enable them to quantify performance throughout the exercise drills and sessions, while also recording the recovery times and fatigue levels.

Researchers will also assess how sleep, nutrition and hydration affect performance as well as looking for ways to assist athletes who regularly suffer from cramps.

Ronnie Barnes, senior vice president of medical services at the New York Giants, believes that the study offers a "tremendous opportunity" for the team to assess its training programmes and enhance its players' performance.

"It is our expectation that through these studies we will be able to identify specific areas where we may improve our off season training program, limit overtraining and reduce risk of injury," he said.

The research project coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Timex Ironman watch, which is widely considered as one of the most reliable chronographs for endurance athletes.

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