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Wales Turn To Technology In World Cup Preparations

The Welsh side have adopted a new piece of training kit

Posted Sep 08, 2011 by Chris White

Wales play South Africa in their World Cup opener

The Welsh rugby side have turned to a new form of technology to help them in their preparations for this year’s World Cup, which will help them to monitor their fitness levels.

The new shirt made by Under Armour, originally developed for the US Special Forces, is able to monitor a variety of biometric data on a second-by-second basis so that the team’s coaching staff can fine-tune the training programmes for each individual player, giving them methods unique to them and their requirements.

Adam Beard, the team’s head of physical performance, explained in a video on the BBC website that the top uses a computer chip located around the heart to measure heart and breathing rates and acceleration.

The individual tops mean that the players know themselves how much they are tiring or suffering and the coaches can then adjust the training programmes to help get them to peak fitness levels.

Wales play their first match of the tournament against the reigning champions South Africa on Sunday.

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