Current and Potential Applications of Wearables in Sports Cardiology
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The use of wearables in sports cardiology is very common among athletes and highly active individuals, even though its value is not well established. What does the evidence tell us?
Let's have a look at the research findings.
There are currently no standardized approaches for the use of wearable-derived data in sports cardiology. There consequently is a need for a review of commercially available and commonly used wearables, and for a discussion of the evidence for their utility or lack thereof.
These insights are based on the research of Case Western Reserve University, David Geffen School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Prashant Rao, Dhruv Seshadri and Jeffrey J. Hsu published the paper "Current and Potential Applications of Wearables in Sports Cardiology" (Full text). Here are the key insights. 👇
For those who like a short text version of the authors' findings, here it is:
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There are currently no standardized approaches for the use of wearable-derived data in sports cardiology?
This has been studied by researchers at the Case Western University, David Geffen School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. They conducted a review to provide an overview of commercially available and commonly used wearables and discuss the evidence for their utility or lack thereof.
The result? 3 key domains of application:
- Screening for cardiovascular disease.
- Improving cardiovascular performance.
- Guiding exercise in athletes with known cardiovascular disease.
They also found that:
- Further advances in material science, manufacturing, and data analytics will generate more data & reduce the cost, making wearables a ubiquitous item.
- Evidence for the use of wearables in guiding exercise regimens for individuals with cardiovascular disease is lacking
- For sports cardiologists & athletes, it will be critical to understand how to interpret and use the plethora of information and separate the signal from the noise.
Researchers, businesses, and sports organizations can collaborate to optimize the use of wearables in sports cardiology.
This will result in improved athletic performance, adapted exercise programs, and early identification of cardiovascular conditions.
Reach out to STRN (as a practitioner, researcher, or R&D professional) and we will connect you with relevant partners.
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