Herman Digital Trainer
Pro Sport Technology believe they have the perfect piece of kit that could become a "must-have" for coaches.
Last Updated: December 2, 2011 12:31pm
Pro Sport Technology believe that they have the perfect piece of kit that could become a "must-have" for coaches in a number of sports.
The pocket-sized Herman Digital Trainer is a sensor which can be used in a multitude of ways - and across the sporting spectrum - with you in charge of how best to use it.
Whether it is working on specific techniques or on challenging fitness drills, the HDT has it covered.
Skysports.com, with the assistance of Halifax RUFC, were able to demonstrate the uses of the sensor for rugby union and the benefits were clear to see.
The versatility and sensitivity means it can be programmed around different training plans - from passing skills and fitness drills, to tackling sessions and scrummaging techniques. And the initial results are delivered instantly without the need to be hooked up to a laptop.
HDT comes in two forms (wired and wireless) and can either be attached to any kit you might have - or be purchased alongside it - while software can also be bought to further analyse the results or to create bespoke workout programmes.
In terms of tackling drills, a coach is able to assess how hard players are hitting the bags and shields - and judge whether they are slacking! - while the passing test assesses the speed and reaction.
Personally, the use in the scrum - where the sensor can be attached to the pads - to assess the impact and reaction of the props could have a real benefit in rugby.
The fitness programmes can used in a range of sports and look really good and challenging.
As well as rugby, though, the HDT can be used is MMA, martial arts, boxing, football and American football among other sports - as well as for personal trainers.
Clearly the key to the success of the sensor lies in the use of the scientific data and helping coaches improve techniques, however the competitive edge it brings could make it a valuable training tool.
No one wants to be the player who hits the tackle bag the softest, while the fitness drills can help develop that killer instinct.
With prices starting from £130.50+VAT, the Herman Digital Trainer is reasonably priced for use by clubs and gyms - with a range of extras, including the software, available via the www.prosporttech.com