Bangalore FC showed the way in Indian football two years ago. And the chief national coach Stephen Constantine, following that path, introduced the same technology in the senior national football team. The senior national team who began their training at the DSK Shivaji on Stadium in Pune on Tuesday also looked wearing a jacket on their jersey while training and the jackets are fitted with GPRS Tracking system. All the footballers of the national team have worn a jacket where the GPRS Trackers machine are fitted and the players might wear this jacket even when they would be participating in a competitive match although they will have to take permission from the match commissioner.

General Packet Radio System (GPRS) is a technology being used in sports for a long time. It is a software designed to analyze a sportsman’s physical condition in detail. The jacket which a sportsman will have a tiny radio inside it. And the radio will send all the data of the sportsman’s physical condition to the computer, to be operated by the fitness coach or the team’s doctor from outside the ground. GPRS Trackers will clarify everything, from his pulse rate, blood pressure, his endurance capacity, the blood circulation, the condition of important bones in his body——the coach and the team doctor or the fitness trainer will be able to know every aspect after using GPRS tracking system. Daniel Digan who has been with the senior Indian national team presently has informed that this system will also guide the coach and his support staff to understand which kind of training the sportsman needs exactly.

Following advice from their senior team’s coach Ashley Westwood Bangalore FC introduced this highly expensive technology on the players of his team. And as its reflection Bangalore FC produced a superlative performance in the team’s opening I-League in the year before last and clinched the I-league title.

Stephen Constantine stated, “GPRS system will help us to have an exact analysis of the footballers’ physical condition. This system is often used in rugby in Australia. And the specialists in the game often decide about the respective teams’ training programmes after having gone through the data provided by this GPRS Trackers I also was trying to introduce this system in the national team for last couple of months. Now it should benefit the players.”

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