USPA athletes are always on the go and rely on a range of apps to help them with both school and training. Here is a selection of apps that our students use regularly along with a few of our top recommendations.

1. Team USA

The official app of the U.S. Olympic Team.  Connect with your favorite athletes through stories and social media.  Follow the Road to Rio and see highlights of the Games.  This app supports coverage of qualifying events, real time results, and breaking news.

2. Slack

This is an app we use to message our student-athletes whether they are training at home or competing on the road. By keeping all our school communication in one place, students can reach us easily, get more done, and reduce their need to email. Slack also integrates with Google Drive, Twitter, and syncs across devices.  We think it makes communicating with our student-athletes easier and more productive.

3. Zoom

Another app that we use daily with USPA athletes is Zoom.  Whether it is a one-on-one video meeting with a student, a tutoring session, or a faculty meeting, Zoom allows us to stay connected with students wherever they are. We like the white board, break out rooms, screen share features as well as the fact that students can use Zoom over wifi, 4G/LTE, and 3G networks.

4. Daily Practice SAT from the College Board

No list of apps for student-athletes would be complete without an SAT prep app. Some of the features we like are the official Khan Academy practice questions, SAT question of the day, as well as progress tracking. This app is a great tool to include in your SAT preparation.

5. iHydrate

This app helps athletes schedule hydration reminders for before, during, and after workouts.  It also helps you calculate how much fluid you need to drink to rehydrate.  Features include integration with FitBit and graphs showing your water intake over time.

6. MyFitnessPal

This popular app lets users track their activity and food intake (from steak to PB&J). The app even comes with a bar code scanner, so athletes can find out if that breakfast bar is not so nutritious after all.

7. Dartfish Express

More than a slow motion video capture tool, Dartfish Express allows athletes to record videos optimised for slow motion replay, control video replay frame-by-frame or slow motion, compare two videos side-by-side, and zoom into the video. One of the most valuable features is the ability to add your view to video by using powerful analysis tools such as drawings and labels to aid understanding of what the video reveals.

8. Concussion Recognition and Response

An excellent smart-phone application developed by two top concussion experts. The CRR app allows parents and coaches to capture and retain data on concussion incidents and determining if a concussion is suspected. The app also instructs users to call 911 if the athlete displays any of the warning signs of a more serious brain injury. The app also includes tips for observing an athlete over the first 24 hours.

9. Trip Case

Organize all of your trip details and travel plans into one streamlined itinerary with Trip Case.  You can manage flight itineraries, hotel bookings, and rental car reservations in one app. Get airport terminal and gate information in one glance on your phone or Apple Watch, and receive notifications if there is a change to your flight. Great for athletes who travel frequently.  

10. NCSA Recruiting App

NCSA Athletic Recruiting helps student-athletes connect with college coaches and take control of their recruiting.  Students can build and share a profile and track the coaches who view it.  You can also explore colleges of potential interest.

11. SleepCycle

This bio-alarm clock tracks a user’s sleep patterns and wakes them when they’re experiencing their lightest sleep phase, for the least disruptive wake-up possible.

12. Instant Heart Rate

Use your iPhone to find out your heart rate in less than 10 seconds.  Features include heart rate measurement, heart rate activity zone calculator, and stand up test for fatigue and fitness testing.

13. F.lux

During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.  An app for your laptop, f.lux adjusts the color of your computer’s display to the time of day — warm at night and like sunlight during the day.  You won’t have that eerie blue glow when you work on your computer at night anymore.

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