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Some of the data will be available to fans. Coaches will get a more detailed analysis, telling them how fast each player is moving and how often he speeds up or slows down. That indicates the intensity of exertion and load on the athlete's legs.

This kind of data can flag early warning signs of players who might be in trouble, said Paul Robbins, director of elite performance at STATS. For example, the statistics might show that a player's intensity drops. Sometimes, that fatigue might predict an injury in the next game. Coaches will know when to push players and when to let them recover.

"I think every coach wants to know how hard their players are working and how to recover them effectively and not put them at risk for injury," said USC women's basketball coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who attended the presentation.


Watching YouTube could benefit your health. The Center for Body Computing partnered with Tastemade, online video's answer to TV's Food Network, to create a cooking video for people with diabetes.

One of the biggest challenges for people with diabetes, Saxon noted, is to maintain a steady carb intake. In the video, sponsored by the center and premiered at the conference, Tastemade personality Dani Spies shows viewers of her "Clean & Delicious" program how to make three carb-based meals in just five minutes each (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9H44yMLsMM&feature). The secret, Spies explains, is a big pot of brown rice made over the weekend and kept on hand.

For breakfast, Spies offers an apple pie-inspired rice bowl with milk, maple syrup and fruit. For lunch, it's a rice and bean bowl with avocado and tomatoes. For dinner, she whips up a brown rice quesadilla with cheddar and broccoli. As she says in the video, "Nobody's ever going to believe you made this in five minutes … delicious, constant carb intake all day long."

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