WNBA follows NBA's lead, will provide health-monitoring rings to players

The WNBA has partnered with Oura Health to provide "smart rings" to players in the bubble at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Earlier this month, the NBA provided its players with Oura rings that they could wear in their bubble in Orlando, Florida, if they choose.

The ring monitors body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and other metrics to provide players insight into their overall health.

"Protecting the health of players, as well as team and league staff, is paramount," said Christy Hedgpeth, chief operating officer of the WNBA. "Because players and staff will have the option to access additional personal health monitoring, the use of Oura rings will further expand the league's comprehensive safety and testing procedures for the 2020 season."

Oura has created an aggregate "risk score" by which players can monitor themselves for any potential signs of impending illness. Oura also helps players recognize patterns in their temperature, recovery, sleep, and performance.

"We were eager to work with Oura because of its commitment to women's health," said Terri Jackson, executive director of the Women's National Basketball Players Association. "The smart ring's data and insights will help our players more closely understand their health, and spot any deviations from their personal baseline."