VERT Technology Assisting USA Volleyball

By Bill Kauffman | March 06, 2015, 2:11 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 6, 2015) - The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is leading the sport in talent, triumphs, and, now, technology. And that USA Volleyball coaches and athletes are incorporating VERT into their every day practices to gauge jump load data in order to improve play and performance, and to collect jump data quicker and more efficiently during National Team tryouts.

VERT, a wearable fitness monitor and the official jump technology of USA Volleyball, provides motivation during practice with leaderboards, and provides optimal practice time by measuring jump impact on players. The VERT is simply integrated into the VERbelt and worn by the athlete.

“VERT is going to help our team train smarter and train better,” says Karch Kiraly, head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

VERT tracks and shares real-time stats during practice and events wirelessly, and also measures vertical height, average height, highest vertical and total jumps during a game or throughout an entire season. Christa Dietzen (Hopewell Township, Pa.), a 2014 FIVB World Champion, is thrilled to be working with VERT because her medical team is able to track her jumps in order to prevent injuries.

Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), a 2014 World Champion, says VERT ensures that they’re “not overtraining our athletes… so we’re not getting too tired, and we’re still able to train as hard as we possibly can the next day.”

The U.S. Women’s team is training for the FIVB World Cup with an extra boost of confidence that VERT has given them, hoping to qualify for Rio 2016. With a busy summer ahead with four USA Volleyball Cup matches against China from June 5-11 and the FIVB World Grand Prix that starts July 3 and culminates with the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Omaha from July 22-26, the VERT technology will be a key piece to the training puzzle.

To learn more about VERT, visit usavert.com.