The laptop screen showed that Cody Doolin’s heart rate hadreached the red zone, meaning he was giving his maximum effortduring a recent basketball practice at the University of SanFrancisco.The freshman guard is one of the team’s hardest workers andamong its fittest players, typically burning 1,700 calories overthe course of a 40-minute game. These days, the coaches know thisnot just based on a hunch but because they have scientific evidenceto prove it.San Francisco’s men’s basketball program invested $10,000 thisseason for its athletes to wear heart rate monitors in bothpractices and games, and even for workouts in the weight room.Dons director of strength and conditioning Evan Nielsen anddirector of basketball operations Jack Kennedy watch and monitoreach player’s exertion every day.When a grid on the laptop reveals a player has reached his maxheart rate, signaled by a red number in the color-coded softwareprogram, coach Rex Walters is told it’s time to sit him down for abreak.”It’s automatic, for the most part,” Kennedy said. ”As soonas we see somebody getting in the red, we’re telling coach they’vegot to come out.”In fact, Nielsen provides the coaching staff with nightlyreports breaking down the players’ outputs and how hard they workeddown to a given drill, and even… Read full this story
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