FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VERTcast, a sports telemetry system used with VERT, a wearable jump monitoring device, is making history as the first wearable tech used in the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship games this weekend. VERTcast will showcase jump height data in real-time on ESPN2, providing an enhancement to match entertainment for thousands of volleyball fans.
"This is a big milestone for the wearable tech space, proving that the adoption of wearable tech in the game is a growing trend and will eventually be a vital component in ensuring injury prevention and more effective fan engagement," said Martin Matak, founder and president of VERT.
VERT is a non-invasive and discrete inertial measurement unit (IMU) worn in the waist of an individual to report numerous athletic measurements, including jump count and height. These measurements are sent directly to the VERT software architecture, which is monitored by coaches and student athletes during use. Now, using VERTcast, these measurements will also appear on a live screen during the semi-final and championship games as well as on the television newscast, giving viewers the opportunity to experience student athlete athleticism in real-time.
"We are looking forward to incorporating the data that VERT aggregates into our coverage of the NCAA championship in order to better educate the volleyball fandom on the true athleticism of these student athletes along with the incredible stamina it takes to play this beautiful game," said Meg Aronowitz, coordinating producer at ESPN & SEC Network.
The semi-finals begin Dec. 17, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. with The University of Kansas (30-2) scheduled to go head-to-head against the University of Nebraska (30-4) at 9:30amEST, while the University of Minnesota (30-4) is set to play the University of Texas (29-2) in a close matchup at 7:00pmEST. The championship game will be played Dec. 19, 2015. "The University of Minnesota already uses VERT technology, and it's an integral part of our program. It's been a great way to monitor workload and intensity, and there's no question it's helped our athletes train and compete more effectively," said Hugh McCutcheon, Head Coach at the University of Minnesota.
About VERT: Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., VERT is a leader in wearable athletic technology focused on creating a better experience for athletes and coaches alike. The VERT jump rate monitor is used in a variety of jump sports, including basketball, volleyball, BMX and many other health and fitness activities. VERT is currently used by the USA Volleyball National teams, NCAA volleyball and basketball programs throughout the US. For more information or to purchase VERT, visit www.myvert.com.
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