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Sleep has been called the final frontier of sports science. Part of this space has already been explored by a Canadian firm that's using a U.S. Army-developed model and individual data to determine how fatigue affects the performance of elite athletes.

Vancouver-based Fatigue Science has been at it for over a decade, using an algorithm created by the Army and has been working with about a dozen NFL clubs, including the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders. Its other pro sports clients include the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Penguins, for a total count of 83 sports teams in 10 countries.

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In his 10-season NFL career as a target for Hall of Fame-bound QB Drew Brees, Saints Star Marques Colston got up close and personal with sports technology, but with annual offseason visits to the operating room for injury repair.

Now, the NFL alum-turned-sports-tech-expert-and-entrepreneur is working to take the (price) pain out of athlete performance management through an upstart that's created an app, wearable and subscription service. The package has been created to bring vital data to the masses, not just elite athletes in the top four U.S. pro sports as many breakthroughs do today.

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Whether you love them, hate them, or are still undecided, analytics are quickly spreading through sports, especially in the pros, with a new industry forecast projecting the worldwide sports analytics market to jump from $764.3 last year to $15.5 billion in 2023, according to Market Research Reports Inc.

If you think that numbers lie, remember that the National Football League Players Association announced in April an innovative and landmark deal with Whoop whereby the company would help members sell their personal performance data to interested parties.

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When it comes to covering NFL games and producing magnetic highlights, broadcasters and Internet streamers have a growing array of camera options at their disposal to take fans in the stands and those watching at home to a new level of viewing.

The options run the gamut from high tech to low tech cameras from Intel's 360-degree replay stadium ring of high definition cameras, pylon cams and ultra-high definition 4K units to spider cameras that are attached to wires above the field and can move to capture the most-sought vantage points.

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Thanks to an ongoing roadshow that has stopped at Boston's Museum of Science, gridiron fans in New England don't need to travel to Canton, Ohio to get a Hall of Fame sports tech experience.

The exhibit covers all the phases of the game allowing visitors to learn the science behind the game and get to know the inspirational stories of its pioneers, coaches, and star players, including those who broke down barriers—demonstrating how the sport is a microcosm for changing attitudes about equality and opportunity.

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You don't have to be at a professional sports event to know that fans in the stands spend more time taking pictures of themselves and each other than they do in concessions lines. So, what if NFL team venues started installing robotic cameras that can take pics of fans when requested?

That's the hope of Boston-based Brizi, which has quickly racked up customers (sports teams/venues) in many levels of sports, including the NBA (Portland Trailblazers and Philadelphia 76ers) and top tennis tournaments worldwide.

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