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Real-time physiological monitoring of athletes during sporting events has tremendous potential for maximizing player performance while preventing burn-out and injury, and also enabling exciting new applications such as referee-assist services and enhanced television broadcast. Emerging advanced monitoring devices have the right combination of light weight and unobtrusive size to allow truly non-intrusive monitoring during competition. However, their small battery capacities, limited wireless ranges and susceptibility to body effects make real-time data extraction a challenge, particularly in sports with a large playing area. In this paper, the authors present the novel application of body area sensor networks to monitoring soccer players in a soccer field.
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