NFL Team Measuring Hydration Levels Using Player Urinals
You might raise an eyebrow the next time a sports announcer mentions a player is one of the "top producers" on the team.
As part of the technological advances featured in the facility, the Jaguars will apparently start measuring players' urine.
A video recently shared NFL Red Zone host Scott Hanson shows a device hanging in the middle of each urinal in the players' practice facility.
In the video, Hanson explains that the device contains a sensor that measures the player's hydration levels as the urine enters the toilet.
"If the light turns green when you go, you're good," Hanson says in the brief video tour of the facility. "If it's yellow you need to hydrate some more. If it's red, you're probably going to get a notice from the athletic trainers and maybe have an IV."
According to USA Today, the device is called the InFlow Hydration Awareness system. The website said a four-pack of the devices cost $2,599.
This likely isn't a cheap experiment. From the looks of Hanson's video, the Jaguars have them installed in every urinal.
USA Today spoke with Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson who said the system is just for his players.
Pederson's explanation of how the device will be used contradict's what Hanson reported regarding the training staff being notified of players who need to hydrate.
"The data doesn't go anywhere," Pederson said. It's not connected to Wi-Fi, it doesn't go to an iPad in the training room and tell you that you're dehydrated, no."
The Jacksonville Jaguars begin their regular season Sept. 10 when they play the Colts in Indianapolis.