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Penn State Athletics Partners With WHOOP For Health Insights

No, not that Whoop.

Penn State Athletics announced a multi-year partnership with human performance company WHOOP in a press release Tuesday morning. Founded by a former student-athlete, WHOOP offers its members 24/7 fitness coaching and wearable technology.

Some of Penn State’s teams have used WHOOP technology in the past, but the new partnership expands the integration across the entire athletic department.

“We are excited to team up with WHOOP for this all-encompassing partnership which will have tremendous benefit to our student-athletes,” athletic director Pat Kraft said. “We have had a long-running relationship with WHOOP with several of our teams and this is an opportunity for us to expand the relationship to benefit all programs. WHOOP is a great tool for our student-athletes to gain insight into their overall health, recovery and wellness habits.”

As part of Penn State’s partnership, WHOOP will supply all student-athletes with WHOOP 4.0 sensory wristbands and access to a “holistic student-athlete health and engagement program,” according to the release.

Using the WHOOP Unite program, individual student-athletes will receive actionable feedback and analytics. Student-athletes will have the ability to opt into a shared team dashboard, so their specific team’s staff can work with the data and implement changes.

Citing a May 2022 survey of NCAA athletes, Penn State Athletics said the program was part of an attempt to decrease the reported high levels of stress and mental health struggles facing its student-athletes.

“In addition to driving meaningful engagement to improve individual student-athlete wellness,” the release said. “WHOOP Unite will help Penn State gain new insights into how it can better support those student-athletes at an organizational level.”

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