Harlequins own the field with the Note II

Rugby's leading players and coaches explain how

Harlequins players and coaches explain how they use the Note II on the field

The renowned Harlequins rugby team are now using the Samsung GALAXY Note II to own the field, enhancing their sporting performance during training sessions and on match days to help them gain that all-important competitive advantage.

With its powerful quad-core processor and generous 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display the GALAXY Note II brings the power of a tablet to the touchline, while still being able to fit in a pocket, making it the perfect device for the anyone on the move.

Speaking to some of the coaches and players at Harlequins we were able to find out just how useful the Samsung GALAXY Note II is for the team.

Data hungry: perfecting player performance

Harlequins have been recording various parameters of player performance, training and wellbeing for two years, and the team is now using the GALAXY Note II to get the most from this valuable data.

Conor O'Shea, Harlequins' Head Coach told us why this data is important: "The biggest thing for us is just learning some of the volumes we can get in a week of training.

"We have different turnarounds, we'll have 6 day, 7 day, 8 day turnarounds and we've being collecting and using data for two years now, which allows our team to plan an entire seasons' training, including the intensity of weeks.

"Coaches are able to access all this data from the GALAXY Note II, meaning that they can then plan their training sessions and know what week we're on, intensity wise."

During training sessions Harlequins attach GPS trackers to players' shirts to monitor performance levels - and the Note II is now helping to get instant data to the coaches.

O'Shea said: "We record a huge amount of data for our coaches to use including volume, meters per second and load, which allows us to measure each player and ensure no one over-trains.

"It's hugely valuable but we are only scratching the surface of the possibilities available to us with the data and the Samsung GALAXY Note II.

"What we'll begin to do now is to use live data to monitor the group or individuals and determine if they need more training or if one of the older guys needs to be pulled out."

Smartphones coaching the coaches

The Samsung GALAXY Note II is supremely versatile, which allows the different Quins coaches to use it in a different way, making it work best for them.

O'Shea added: "Coaches love to be able to go out and look at one technical drill, get the guys around in a group and say 'you did this, but you should have done this', and with a GALAXY Note II they are able to show them exactly what they mean.

"Everyone will have different ways of using it most effectively, but at the end of the day coaches want to coach and the Note II helps them do this."

The team have only been using the GALAXY Note II's for a few months, but O'Shea can already see the benefits the smartphone is providing to his players and staff.

"We've only just started using it and we're still trying to learn how best to benefit from it. First off it's all about getting to understand how to use it, but we can already see the impact it will have on our whole group.

"From the coaches out on the pitch to the fitness conditioners, it helps them do what they do, and in the longer term players could fill out their weekly fitness and wellbeing forms on a Note II.

"This would cut the hassle of the process, and with everyone using the same technology they will have no excuse not to fill them out" – busted, guys!