Stella aside, another successful SHAPE convention

March 23, 2017 – What a week in Boston! For those who managed to beat Stella and get to Boston for SHAPE, it was – as always – an incredible week.

The importance of capturing heart rate data to assess PE performance, something that IHT has been perfecting since 2011, proved to be a major topic of discussion each day. As our partners have found, the combination of the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitor and accompanying Spirit HRM and Assessment Measures software puts students, parents and teachers in touch with a personalized heart rate summary immediately after class, allowing everyone more time to digest that vital information.

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Bermuda turns to IHT Spirit System, training teachers to give students daily PE feedback

Feb. 24, 2017 – Searching for an effective way to motivate students to take personal responsibility for their fitness through physical education, Bermuda’s Ministry of Education turned to the IHT Spirit System, training teachers to give students daily feedback showing how their physical activity level compared to their goals.

Bermuda FeedbackWhen implementing new education technology, making sure teachers receive the proper training and professional development is essential to a successful start. Bermuda’s teachers and coordinators went through multi-faceted training on IHT’s adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors and the Spirit System Assessment Measures software suite last week. Read More

Our view: Cool gym devices combat serious health problem

Our view: Cool gym devices combat serious health problem

Originally published online by the Erie Times-News

March 7, 2017

Digital recreation — via cellphone, tablet, computer or video game console — often ranks among the top factors contributing the nation’s growing ranks of overweight and obese children.

Children these days too often amuse themselves while sitting still, not by running, jumping or taking part in other physical activity, like bike riding or swimming. Add to the mix the abundance of fast food and fewer healthy meals being cooked at home and you have the ingredients for a dangerous health trend.

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Schools Use Technology to Improve Gym Classes

As seen in U.S. News & World Report, originally published in the Erie Times-News

March 6, 2017

By DAVID BRUCE, Erie Times-News

EDINBORO, Pa. (AP) — Physical education teachers at Parker Middle School are noticing a little extra hustle from their students.

When a volleyball rolls across the gym floor during drills, several students chase after it. Sometimes they start doing jumping jacks between relay races.

“It’s all about turning their wrist monitors red,” said Heather Karns, a physical education teacher for the General McLane School District.

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Heart rate monitors are transforming physical education classes in Pleasant Valley

As published in the Quad Cities Times.

March 2, 2017

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Technology worn on the wrists of teenagers is transforming traditional physical education classes at Pleasant Valley’s junior high and high school.

“When you are done, your heart rate should be in the red zone, about 200,” shouted P.E. and Wellness teacher Jason Vice, during an eighth grade P.E. class at Pleasant Valley Junior High in LeClaire last week.

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