The Concept of using the GPS and Heart Rate Monitor System in Cricket

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The Concept of using the GPS and Heart Rate Monitor System in Cricket





The Advance Data Sports  Viper system incorporates the pod with accompanying software to deliver the most accurate and reliable tool in collecting and measuring both training and match-day data for each player. The APEX / Viper System, created by StatSports out of Ireland, is regarded as the worlds leading player performance analysis system available on the market. It allows coaches to manage squad training loads from pre-season right through the entire season to effectively manage player conditioning levels and preventing injuries.

GPS and heart rate monitors, is technology that provides information on a player’s speed, distance travelled, changes of direction and heart rate.

While the heart rate monitor is strapped just around the lower chest, the GPS vest is like a sports bra that has a pouch at the back into which the tracking device snuggly fits into.

The information extracted is also displayed on a graph on a laptop and can then be used to modify training volumes and also avoid burn-out. Player work rates can also be compared and by studying a player’s speed, heart rate and distance covered, it can also be ascertained as to which player is best suited for a particular fielding position.

Early analysis have shown that batsmen tend to make a mistake that cost them their wicket when their heart rate is high as they focus dips and fatigue sets in,” stated Paul Chapman, strength and conditioning coach of the Mumbai Indians.

The GPS technology is pointing out that traditionally used fielding positions for bowlers — third man and fine leg — could be much more taxing that previously thought as a great number of balls in ODIs and Twenty20 games are hit in that direction.

“The data from these devices don’t make you a better cricketer automatically, but they help a player prepare and train in a manner that brings the best out of them and in turn goes a long way in making them better players,” Chapman said.

Preparation or Pre-season is a crucial period as clubs prepare for the new campaign, but how do they make sure their players are in peak physical condition for the grueling months ahead? Here we will explain what are the benefits of these black vests and exactly what happens bye use of this system.

The key component of the Advance  Data-Sports system is the Viper pod, a matchbox-sized GPS device which sits between the shoulder blades, where it monitors heart rate and measures various aspects of physiological performance. The black vests which hold them in place have become a common sight on training grounds  and the pods can be worn during matches too.

GPS data reveals the fast bowler is covering more ground than a half-marathon during a day and reaching speeds of more than 33 kilometres per hour.

Channel Nine cricket high performance analyst Jock Campbell collated data from a GPS unit worn by Mitchell Johnson on day one of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG.

“The MCG is probably the biggest ground they play on in Australia so there’s a lot more distance they cover during the day,” said Campbell.

“The fast bowlers always travel the farthest and Mitch did 23 kilometres on the first day.”

The personal GPS system measures speed, distances traveled and the heart rates of players. It also measures the number of sprint efforts made through the day.


(DSL) is a STATSports metric that allows us track the external load placed on the player and is presented in the APEX / Viper software as a weighted score. It is a total of the weighted impacts that the player experiences during a session or game. Every player has different bio-mechanics, injury history and fatigue levels which all play a role in determining how a player deals with the external load. In a similar fashion the Advance Data Sports/STATSports system also helps monitor the internal load of the players using the heart rate variables such as max and average heart rate for a session, heart rate exertion and heart rate variability.




-Heart Rate Variability

-High Metabolic Load Distance



-Average Metabolic Power


-Dynamic Stress Load

-Step Balance


-High Speed Running


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Player analytics is a growing trend in professional sports.  Coaches at all levels want to find and use innovative techniques in order to improve their team’s overall performance on and off the field.


The device is a small box that fits into a vest worn by players, widely used in football, under their shirts in training and matches, as Lionel Messi has done often this season.

The pods collect huge quantities of data, from running speed and distance covered to acceleration and deceleration, plus dynamic stress load. The software enables coaches to see if players are tired, at risk of injury, or need to do more of a specific exercise.


Viper pods are used by Cricket Australia, the Australia Cricket Team and other top football clubs such as such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Manchester United  as well as  Athletic Bilbao, AS Roma, Paris St Germain,  AC Milan and the Spain, Belgium, Wales, France, Portugal, Croatian and England National Football  Teams among others.

The player tracking and analysis equipment is used by 14 clubs in the English Premier League and Spanish La Liga and also popular in other sports with NFL club Atlanta Falcons, Irish National Rugby Teams, Belgium Hockey Teams and NBA teams such as Chicago Bulls also using the same exact system.The number of users is growing rapidly.

EACH VIPER POD CONTAINS – Four processors; State of the art GPS module; 3-D accelerometer; 3-D gyroscope; 3-D Digital Compass; Long Range Radio  and Heart Rate Receiver.


The Viper system both samples and processes GPS data at 10Hz using the newest generation of GPS chipset. The data is available at 10Hz over live streaming and at 10Hz for subsequent download and post session analysis. The Viper system is one of two (APEX), GPS systems that provides true 10Hz GPS data over live streaming (real-time)


Significantly it can help measure rehabilitation and recovery, to determine when players are ready to return from injury. Coaching staffs  can also use the live stats to monitor performance, allowing them to compile reports and make informed decisions on what players should and shouldn’t be doing on the pitch.

Physios and medics no longer need to guess about how close to full fitness a player is. Now, with the help of our technology, they can be scientifically certain.

The Step Balance data provided through this system can even allow coaches assess such things as left versus right foot impact to see whether a player is putting more force through his healthy side and therefore going easy on the injured leg. Such data is priceless in helping to determine the recovery process and getting players match fit again.

We at Advance Data Sports are pleased to offer this service to our teams and athletes in Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the region. For more information on how you can include this into your preparations, feel free to reach Advance Data Sports at 868 681 5429. We cater for teams or individual athletes.