About the Project
Abdallah’s best ideas come from his twin passions: love of research and his pursuit of improving athletic performance. For several years Abdallah worked double duty. He started his career as a physical education teacher while running his own business - advising athletes. In a small performance lab at his house, Abdallah spent restless nights measuring metrics of athletes’ performance, such as heart rate. He was looking for new ways to gain insight on the effectiveness of his training regimens. Much to the young consultant’s frustration, his athletes did not achieve their sports performance goals. This was certainly not due to a lack of diligence or zeal. If anything, they all religiously followed his program. On paper, it was so simple. Measuring. Analyzing. Fine tuning. Repeat.
Measuring so-called lactate is essential for evaluating the performance of athletes. When the body breaks down glucose for energy, it produces lactate as a by-product. This fuels muscles, provides a burst of power and delays fatigue. If you’ve ever run so hard you’ve felt like your legs were burning, then you’ve reached your lactate threshold. Lactate is produced by the body during strenuous exercise. The longer it takes to reach the threshold, the more fit an athlete is.
Up till now, lactate levels were measured in fully stocked labs with countless wires and sensors and this is where Abdallah’s innovation becomes unique; it requires no wiring. The Sports Performance Patch System is comprised of a smart watch, belt, and a smart tablet. It accurately measures athletes’ vital signs. The patch then communicates their effort levels to the trainers. Abdallah’s patch detects breathing and heart rates, humidity, and body temperature. All this information is recorded. It then deduces the lactate state in the athlete’s body to facilitate effective advice and dynamic analysis.
Beyond Stars of Science
Abdallah switched his focus to researching new ways that could serve the same purposes in his field and launched his new company My Peak, an athleticism and dietary consultancy center in his home country of Kuwait. The center includes an office dedicated for evaluating customers’ fitness levels through test like the RMR and the Vo2 max test.
Abdallah is working with a multidisciplinary team to improve physical capabilities, athletic diets as well as to develop dietary programs serving different objectives like increasing performance.
Abdallah is not satiated with his work at My Peak and also works at the physical education department at the Talent Academy, a specialized academy for gifted students, considered to be the best public school in Kuwait. He also serves as a judge in several athletic competitions in Kuwait.
As for the future, the passionate innovator is working on expanding his field and his geographical presence to cover Kuwait, the Gulf and neighboring countries. “I’m working on developing and expanding my new headquarters for the physical performance lab My Peak and to attract more clients as well as provide more services. There are many goals and dreams ahead.”
“Find the problem and you will find the solution.”. Words Abdallah lives by. “Even though my idea was far from refined, I knew I was on the right track,” Abdallah said. “Like an athlete, it is practice and dedication that will make me stand out as an innovator. Stars of Science provides the support and facilities to make that happen. The competition is a nice bonus. Who doesn’t like a challenge, right?”
Abdallah credits Stars of Science for the expansion of his goals as well as teaching him that there’s nothing that is impossible: “All we need is more work to gain more success.” “There’s no better beginning that joining Stars of Science and taking a heavy dose of experiences and meeting a great group of experts and Arab and international minds. The months I spent on Stars of Science were a turning point for me especially after reaching the pre-finals stage where I was able to witness the full experience and see the changes we went through during the show. It was an amazing and touching time.”