Dellavedova not allowed to wear fitness tracking device during Cavs games

Dellavedova not allowed to wear fitness tracking device during Cavs games
WHOOP, where'd it go? (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - While the Cleveland Cavaliers are gearing up for business, the NBA is coming down on a certain piece of their gear. This is about what many of you have on right now, wearable wellness devices.

But there's a whole different model in particular that is so good, the NBA says it's no good when it comes to keeping the competition fair.

The Cavaliers Matthew Dellavedova, a fan favorite, is a the center of this. What seems to be one of his favorite tools to keep him at his best you won't be seeing again anytime soon. It's what you might call a Fitbit on steroids -- the WHOOP. And the basketball biggies recently banned it during games.

Dr. Roy Buchinsky, the director of wellness at University Hospitals is quick to say, "I can actually understand why the NBA would make such a ruling."

While he is a big fan of the wearable fitness tracking trend, he agrees this WHOOP is a whole different game.

Its website says as much: "optimizing performance for elite athletes and teams." That's where the problem is -- it does more than track. It gives real time feedback on how the athlete is holding up.

"If you are able to tell if an athlete is being fatigued or if there is muscle fatigue or if body temperature is going up, you can use this to your advantage," Buchinsky explains.

He says that kind of information will alert the player and coach when the player's optimal performance is fading and it's time for a break, or when they are rested enough and it's time to get back in.

It takes out a little guesswork that can make a lot of difference -- at least it's the message sent out by the NBA's ban. But Buchinsky believes it's just the beginning of this conversation.

"As the technology becomes more and more developed, so too you are going to see devices that are going to be able to track various forms of physiological activities to ultimately make that athlete even more of an elite athlete," Buchinsky explains.

So just when you think they can't get much better, leave it to technology to again prove us wrong on what's possible.

The "WHOOP" runs a few thousand dollars and right now is only being sold to professional and elite athletes and teams. The NBA does allow it to be used in practice.

No comment on the issue from the Cavaliers.

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