During the last days of March 2014, our capital Budapest became a place for an exciting sport event called the ’Running race in bomb-proof military equipment’.
This extraordinary sport has a Guinness-record, held by a US Navy Officer. An ultramarathonist and Hungarian Military Bomb Expert, Zoltan Meszaros decided to call the recorder out for a challenge and take away the Guinness trophy.
Real-Time Monitoring with Firstbeat Sports
Fusion Vital, a distributor partner of Firstbeat Technologies offered an accurate solution for keeping the risks of this extraordinary challenge at minimum. With Firstbeat SPORTS software, we offered a real-time physiology support both for the ER & military staff and the race organizers during the event. The tool allowed us to have a full control of what was happening within the body
of the athletes during hard physical and mental pressure of this extreme workload and prevent unnecessary injuries and risks of collapsing.
The real-time measurement proved to be working properly even from under the bomb-proof equipment since the receiver unit only missed a minimum amount of signal. Continuous measurement and opportunity of prompt intervention made the participant more relieved, thus they could focus on the race instead of worrying about the possible distressing issues. This support helped the Hungarian athlete to compete with the reassuring sense of prompt assistance in case of any trouble.
Finally, Zoltán Mészáros won the race with 1 second faster laps than the Guinness recorder US Navy officer did before and became the official Guinness Record holder for this specific sport event!
After Race Recovery
We also followed his recovery after the extreme workload with Firstbeat Bodyguard 2 HRV recording device to measure his recovery over an 72-hrs with Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment Analysis software. Mészáros appreciated the Lifestyle Assessment feedback. Although being an experienced marathoner, he had never participated in a thorough recovery analysis before.
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