Stanford Medicine, Fitbit team up to study COVID-19 spread in athletes

The Pac-12, Stanford (Calif.) Medicine and Fitbit are launching a research collaboration to see if data from wearables can be used to detect and track COVID-19.

An April 1 news release said the collegiate athletic conference will invite its student athletes from all Pac-12 universities to participate in the study. The study is expected to run through 2021 and recruit 1,000 student athletes.

It will focus on athletes from sports like basketball, football, soccer and volleyball since they receive frequent COVID-19 testing.

Stanford Medicine researchers will compare the Fitbit data against COVID-19 testings results and surveys about potential exposure.


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