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The paper introduces readers to some of the technicalities associated with wireless technologies in medical and sports science applications. In reviewing relevant publications, the paper highlights the benefits to be gained from the use of wireless systems, while emphasising the apparent lack of exploitation of these new technologies in the two named fields. The review largely focuses on the collection and transmission of biological measurements, but does reference a small number of examples where the wearer's position and movements have been monitored in sporting contexts. The examples given include media applications which provide feedback to broadcasters and spectators, and a limited number of sports science support applications where, for example, rowing forces and kinematics have been monitored. Overall, the paper provides a good general introduction to the topic.