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How Wearable Technology is Transforming Fitness and Health

Wearable technology is often touted as one of the greatest applications of the Internet of Things, and with good reason. Wearable electronics that consumers can display on their bodies have the potential to transform the way we live.”

-Business Insider

Wearable technology is all the buzz. From Apple watches to the Fitbit to emerging technologies from nascent startups, wearable tech is having its moment. In the fitness industry, it is proving to be especially impactful. In a 2016 study by Indiana University, participants were involved in a 10-week training period that combined activity trackers with traditional wellness coaching. Over the course of the study, 90 percent of participants reported that the combination helped to maintain their health and fitness goals over time. Sure, a piece of flashy technology can’t replace your highly qualified family doctor. But, when coupled with wearable tech, the pair is nothing short of a dream team.

What Is Wearable Tech?

Wearable technology is an industry with significant potential. The consumer wearables market includes everything from smart watches, to smart jewelry, glasses and fitness trackers. Today, it seems as if the possibilities are endless. Back in 2000, the very first Bluetooth headset was sold, inspiring a cascade of new innovations, including the GoPro in 2004 and Google Glass, released later in 2013.

Limitations in Wearable Tech

One concern that continues to persist in the market is a general sense that the accuracy and metrics of these technologies have room to grow. Companies like dorsaVi have changed the way we look at wearables and health with their real-time analysis and insight, especially given the growth that the market is experiencing. According to Statista, the number of connected wearables is expected to reach 830 million in 2020. That’s 20/20 vision for most industries out there.

Positive Changes In the Market

In order to advance effectively, companies must advance the accuracy of data that they can provide just as dorsaVi is doing. They must also partner more closely with healthcare and other professionals to develop a well-rounded and holistic approach to treatment. Working with physical therapists, chiropractors, pain physicians, strength and conditioning trainers, as well as coaches in the NFL, NHL, MLS, and NBS, motion sensor wearable company, dorsaVi certainly knows how to be a team player. It also proves that wearable insights are more than meets the eye.

Lab Quality Data for the Masses

DorsaVi is an FDA-cleared wearable that benefits from the most sophisticated technology in biomechanics. Leveraging biomechanical instruments with smart sensors, the convenient and cost-effective tool brings the biomechanical lab to the wearable users, enhancing the quality of care that professionals can deliver.

As a practicing physiotherapist, co-founder Andrew Ronchi was frustrated with the lack of objective insights that he could relay to his patients. He felt limited in the level of personalized care he could provide. Noticing the promise of wearable technology, he wished to carve out a more sophisticated market to better inform treatment. Today, the smart device is saturated in three main markets including, elite sports, the clinical market, and workplace safety.

Clinical and Workplace Applications

In the elite sporting arena and clinical space, dorsaVi’s solution is used by a range of health and performance professionals to aid in day-to-day training and injury rehabilitation. The dorsaVi clinical solution – Professional Suite – enables users to capture detailed movement analytics to capture objective data that cannot be seen with the eye. It provided detailed insight into how patients are really moving. With the benefit of this data, the treating professional can identify injury risk, guide rehabilitation, make return to play decision, track progress and improve performance. In the workplace safety arena, dorsaVi helps to remedy the growing problem of injury in the workplace, identifying risk at the core and informing better training protocols and manual handling processes to benefit the individual, the company, and the economy as a whole.

Making the Impossible, Possible

As Megan Connell, Chief Marketing Officer of dorsaVi says, “In the health space, where dorsaVi operates, improvements in technology continue to make what was once impossible possible.” The key point of difference for the dorsaVi technology is the fact that it is low-cost and provides medical-grade accuracy. Additionally, it is simple to use and unobtrusive, making the technology widely accessible to all walks of life.

How else will wearable tech bring about new possibilities? Well, in the coming years we can look forward to enhanced precision in consumer data. We can also expect to delve deeper into the relationship between healthcare and tech ‘care.’ Because together, we are that much stronger.

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