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The sleep monitor attached to the player’s wrist begins to gently vibrate when it’s time to wake up.

Instead of a screeching alarm clock that startles you out of your sleep, the device the Eagles wear draws you to consciousness slowly as the vibrations gradually increase.

During the night, the device records when you fell asleep, how well you slept and how many times you woke up during the night. This draws the competitive side out of these athletes. They want to improve those numbers, so they work on it. Maybe they’ll go to bed a half-hour earlier, maybe they’ll alter their night-time routine.

When Najee Goode — the Eagles’ reserve linebacker and special teams player — first moved into his new place, his numbers were terrible. He lives by a train, so his sleep reports weren’t so great early on as he got accustomed to the frequent rattling outside. Now it’s better. He would wake up maybe 10, 12 times during the night. Got it down to eight. Now it’s steadily at five or so.

The players’ sleep reports go right into a computer system that can be accessed by sports science coordinator Shaun Huls. That’s just the beginning of the data that the former Navy Seal trainer collects on a regular basis. At the beginning of each day, the players take a wellness questionnaire on their iPads that asks about body soreness and things of that nature.

“We put that into the computer at the beginning of the day every day, and [assistant strength coach] Keith [Gray0], Shaun and [strength and conditioning coach] Josh [Hingst], they’ll come over right away and say, ‘Alright, you need to do this for today, you need to do that.’ And by Thursday, Friday you’re all well recovered so you’re ready to run on Sunday.”

They collect intel gathered from the sensors that the players wear on the field which measure things like agility, force and acceleration. They chart their performance in the weight room. Part of Huls’ job is to make sense of the information that has been gathered and then structure an individualized plan of attack for that day, that week, etc.

“He’s the guy that’s really like the mathematician, kinda puts all the numbers into words as far as everything we have to do as far as our training, how we’re feeling, stuff like that,” said Goode. “Shaun can interpret our body soreness and help us out as we go towards Sunday.”

Added DeMeco Ryans: “Shaun just does a good job of staying on top of guys, not letting it drift off. He doesn’t go a couple days without asking guys, ‘What’s going on? What are you doing for recovery? How are you feeling?’ That’s one advantage we have, having a sharp guy like Shaun, and Josh in the weight room, to help us individually as players.

“It’s different, and this is the best I’ve felt in my career. I feel like that’s a credit to those guys and what they’re doing.”

The steps needed to quicken the recovery process aren’t always easy.

Goode joked that his first instinct was to find someone to fight when he saw the four-inch needle get pulled out. Blood had been drawn from his arm and put through a process called PRP [platelet-rich plasma], in which platelets that assist in healing are separated from the rest of the blood cells. The high concentrate of platelets are then injected into the injured area in the name of speeding up recovery.

Jay Cutler used PRP this year after tearing his groin muscle. Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward turned to PRP to help get them healed and ready for the Super Bowl in 2009.

In Goode’s case, that needle was headed straight for his hamstring.

“It was probably the worst shot I ever had in my life,” he said, “but right after I got it done that night it felt 10 times better. And it wasn’t nothing crazy, it wasn’t nothing illegal, it wasn’t nothing special, it was just something simple that they did.

“It immediately did the job because when I came back in on a Wednesday I was able to jog, I was able to push, I was able to run a little bit more and I’m able to run a little bit more now. It was crazy.”
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I hope it's a very long time before teams start copying Kelly.
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