The importance of GPS in schools


SPT helping schools see the benefits of GPS technology.

Schools are now using GPS technology to help their students gather a range of data in their P.E classes and competitive games. SPT helps students to identify and learn about the fitness components (speed, endurance and power to name a few) that are dominant in their particular sport. They can then individually test these components more effectively. Identifying these components will help students create fitness programs so they can further develop the areas that need improvement.


For example:

Jane is a keen soccer player and is always looking for opportunities to take her game to the next level. Jane wants to monitor her performance during a practical match of soccer in her PE class so she can see what fitness components in her game need improving. Jane uses SPT and looks at her results. Jane realises that during her full match of soccer (she played in the midfield), which lasted 40 minutes, she hit a top speed of 23km/hr, ran a total of 5 kilometres but only reached 10 sprint efforts. A sprint effort is ‘the number of times your speed was above 4.5 metres per second for longer than 1 second.’ Jane clearly has no problem with speed, but it is her repeat efforts that are letting her down during her soccer matches.

It is all well and good to know this, but now Jane needs to implement a training strategy to combat lack of repeat sprints. Jane approaches the schools strength and conditioning coach for advice. The coach gives her a training program that enables her to work on her repeat efforts through ‘repeat sprint training and fartlek.’ Jane sticks to the program throughout the year and is constantly wearing SPT during her PE soccer matches. She slowly starts to see her repeat sprints increase and her game go to another level.


VCE PE Unit 4 Outcome 1

VCE like many other certificates around Australia and the world include Physical Education units to help students gain an understanding of their health, the importance of being active and ways to improve their sporting abilities. Unit 4 Outcome 1 in VCE PE provides students with the task to develop a training program for a particular sport. They need to gather information about their sport like movement patterns and data that helps them to determine the dominant fitness components. They then use this data to develop a training program to improve their performance. Currently, students are visually monitoring what components are dominant in their sport with no specific evidence to back up their claims. With SPT, it allows students to provide sufficient evidence to support the methods of training that they have chosen. With our heatmap, a student can identify movement patterns and can see where a certain positioned player such as a forward spends most of their time on the pitch. If the player is a midfielder like Jane, they can see that midfielders need a high aerobic capacity, so they will implement aerobic training in their program.

Read how Todd Hughes at Irymple Secondary College is using SPT.


‘At Irymple Secondary College we offer our students a Sport Science elective in year 9 where they study everything from the muscular skeletal system, through to biomechanics and game analysis. We were finding that our game analysis unit was too dry and not up with current technology so looked into getting some SPT technology into our course.


Since implementing the SPT technology into our unit, students are now able to collect a range of data including intensity levels, player movement patterns and player/position comparisons instantly. The students’ engagement levels have increased and surprisingly their motivational levels while wearing the trackers during games increased. The software and trackers are easy to use and allow the students to work responsibly in managing the collection of data.


We currently have two systems for our Sport Science class but will be looking to increase this in the near future.’


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Todd Hughes – Irymple Secondary College