VOORHEES, N.J., Sept. 12 VivoMetrics(R) Inc. and thePhiladelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League today announced that theFlyers have incorporated the VivoChampionTrainer System into the team'straining regimen for the 2007-2008 season. The team highlighted its use ofthe VivoChampionTrainer as pre-season Training Camp kicked off today at theSkate Zone.
"The Flyers will be utilizing the VivoChampionTrainer to optimize theirplayers' fitness by customizing to each individual," said Alex Derchak, ChiefScientific Officer of VivoMetrics. "No two athletes are alike, and thisinnovative new tool will help the Flyers assess each player's fitness needs bygiving them real-time, on-ice feedback that they could not otherwise obtain."
McCrossin and the team's coaching staff will use the VivoChampionTrainerto test the players' anaerobic and aerobic fitness throughout the season,using the information they gather to tailor exercise regimens and navigate thefine line between improved performance and overtraining.
"Our goal, as always, is to bring the Stanley Cup to Philadelphia," saidJim McCrossin, Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach of theFlyers. "In utilizing the VivoChampionTrainer, it will not necessarily teachthe players how to play better hockey, but it will certainly help to make themstronger and better conditioned athletes, which translates into improvedperformance.
"We believe that, come playoff time, our fitness level will betremendous," added McCrossin.
The VivoChampionTrainer with LifeShirt(R) Technology is a revolutionarylightweight, compact, and non-invasive physiologic monitoring systemspecifically designed to monitor athletic performance during training andcompetition. It provides trainers and athletes with a competitive edge toincrease training effectiveness, avoid overtraining and obtain an optimalstate of physical competitiveness.
Built upon VivoMetrics' original LifeShirt System, the VivoChampionTrainerhas been modified for athletic training and provides real-time measurement ofrespiration, heart rate, activity, posture and skin temperature during andafter activity -- whether a practice session or an actual competitive event.Trainers, coaches and managers are able to view laboratory-quality data as theathletes perform in "real-world" environments. This allows factors such asstress of competition or environmental factors such as ice temperature to beduplicated and evaluated for their effect on player performance. TheLifeShirtTechnology has previously been used by a diverse cross-section ofindividuals including astronauts, Navy pilots, elite mountain climbers andprofessional sports players.
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VivoMetrics, founded in 1999 and based in Ventura, Calif., providesnon-invasive products and services, using its proprietary LifeShirt(R)technology, which continuously monitor vital, life-sign functions, such asheart rate, ECG, respiration rate, flow, and volume, posture, and activity.The company's offerings, based on patented, field-tested technologies, wereinitially focused on improving the speed, outcomes and economics ofpharmaceutical research. Since its inception, the company has further expandedits offerings for use by military, first responder and biohazard personnel, aswell as athletes and f