September 11, 2020

Sports & Wellbeing Analytics win 2020 Sports Technology Award

Sports & Wellbeing Analytics are proud to have won the Best Technology for Injury Prevention/Rehabilitation Award in the 2020 Sports Technology Awards

Chris Turner, CEO said “We are delighted to have won this STA Award and with it the recognition for all of the hard work from the team and the partners we work with. It is especially pleasing considering the quality of applicants who were also shortlisted for the award and the high esteem in which the Awards are held.”

The Awards took place on Thursday 10th September in a virtual format but this did little to detract from the occasion. The Awards are highly prestigious and SWA competed with hundreds of entries, from 31 countries, representing 45 sports. 50 industry leaders from sports, technology and business spent approximately 25 days collectively determining which were the best in the 15 individual categories. The full shortlist comprised some of sports biggest organizations as well as many of its most visionary, including F1, ASICS, World Athletics, Manchester United and La Liga lining up to contest the silverware against emerging brands such as ShotTracker, WearTech Therapeutics, Let’s Do This alongside Sports & Wellbeing Analytics.

Rebecca Hopkins, STA Group CEO, said: ‘The range of technology showcased this year, as well as the caliber of organizations participating, has been outstanding. The Sports Technology Awards are a highly prized, globally respected mark of excellence but this has only been possible thanks to our amazingly knowledgeable, committed judges and the support of visionary brands across the international sector. Consequently, it is reasonable to claim that this shortlist is a comprehensive, unique and authoritative representation of what innovations are important in sport.

 ‘The Sports Technology Awards have unequivocally become the sector’s ultimate accolade and is recognized as a mark of excellence internationally. We see exciting trends emerge each year and 2020 was no different. Our judges, who are seasoned experts, noted that the sophistication inherent in so many entries were exciting to witness, not least of all in how they are set to change the face of our sector.’

The judging panel included Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana, Olympic Hockey Gold medalist Shona McCallin, Director of Innovation and Digital Technology for F1, Pete Samara, English Rugby International Brad Barritt, Victoria Gosling, CEO GB Snowsports, Dr Nick Peirce Chief Medical Officer, England Cricket, Omar HassaneinCEO, International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA). In their remarks about PROTECHT, STA judges commented “Sport needs more technology to help prevent head injuries and this product is a massive step in the right direction. As a product it is both innovative and strong offering impact sports the potential to recognise and understand concussion better. It is so important to better understand the threat of injury and technology like this increases our chances exponentially”

The SWA CEO was proud that the PROTECHT system was also shortlisted for another award in the prestigious awards, namely the Best Sports Equipment/Wearable Technology

“Thanks in particular to SAP and Keytree who have helped us in the development of the PROTECHT software, to Philtronics for the hardware design and manufacture, to OPRO who have impregnated our technology into their ground breaking mouthguards and those at Swansea University who helped us with the initial validation of the system. We continue to strive to make all contact sport safer and the collaboration with these experts supports us in this endeavor.

Sports & Wellbeing Analytics have been supporting a number of professional Rugby Union and League teams return to contact following the unique set of challenges that the COVID enforced lockdown presented. With the fixture congestion that these sides face, managing player exposure has become more important than ever. By understanding the intensity and amount of impacts a player sustains in a match and in training it is possible to better manage that player to ensure they are fresh but at the optimum level ready to perform. With the majority of injuries in competition occurring through contact, it is an area that obviously needs careful monitoring. Until the PROTECHT technology was developed, it had not been possible to do that in real time to ensure immediate intervention when required. There is much more exciting news to be revealed in the coming months as other elite sports and athletes benefit from the technology. SWA are excited to be building on this momentum and the recognition of winning this Sports Technology Award further recognizes the advances being made in player welfare.

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