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What is the WHOOP and why was Matthew Dellavedova wearing it?

Does it give athletes an edge?
Posted at 5:05 PM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 17:05:39-04

In sports, athletes often look for any slight edge that could give them an advantage.

This season Matthew Dellavedova was caught wearing the WHOOP, a wearable electronic device that calculates a variety of data related to fitness and performance.

To find out whether or not technology is the answer for athletes, we spoke to Tim Roberston Jr., who has trained many elite athletes including LeBron James and former Browns player Donte Whitner.

“I think more research needs to be done,” Robertson explained. “We use a lot of the same methods we have for the last 15 years because they work  and why are you going to deviate off of what works?”

He added, “I am a firm believer in the traditional type training, ground base training, speed development and the old fashioned way.”

While Robertson does not use the WHOOP to train his athletes, he does include some technology but says in terms of getting an edge in sports the question is not if technology working but whether or not an athlete does.

“I think the one variable that really dictates the success of an athlete is work,” Robertson explained. “You have to work properly. You have to work smart. You have to work.”