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Can Balance Improve Your Movement Health?

Balance is the most fundamental and universal movement for all humans. It is required for all functional movements including standing up, walking, running and jumping. Assessing balance has broad application across different conditions and people from sports to seniors and everything in between. Traditionally, balance has been assessed using rudimentary, unreliable, processes such as the […]

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The Utility and Value of Different Types of Force Plate Data

With the resurgence of force pates in recent years, their use and the data they provide are more accessible than ever before due to the commoditization of the hardware. What used to cost tens of thousands of dollars can now be manufactured and sold for a few hundred. There are absolutely different levels of force […]

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Confirmation Analytics: Guest Blog Post by LSU’s Chris White

This week’s blog post is written by Chris White, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Louisiana State University – Geaux Tigers! Chris hits on a topic that is the whole reason Sparta Science was founded – to help validate practitioners like strength and conditioning coaches. He writes about the importance of honing your skills before investing […]

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Sparta Science Advisory Board Chair Dr. Tim Hewett to Speak at IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport

MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sparta Science is excited to share that Scientific Advisory Board Chair Dr. Tim Hewett will present at the 2021 International Olympic Committee World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport. The IOC World Conference is the premier international conference for clinicians focused on sports and exercise medicine, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. This year’s […]

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Understanding Injury Prevention and Becoming Well-Rounded Operational Athletes: Air Support Operations Squadron

“As an Airman, you enter the force accepting that you may get hurt. Jumping out of a plane and carrying heavy equipment will always be hard on the body. How quickly you can recover and get back in the fight is more important.”​ CMsgt. Jeremy Mullins Tweet   Special Warfare Airmen are the critical ground […]

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Sparta Science Expands Partnership With University Of Pennsylvania To Increase Athlete Readiness And Research Efforts

Menlo Park, CA & Philadelphia, PA, September 14, 2021 – Sparta Science has expanded its partnership with the University of Pennsylvania that began in 2015. Penn incorporates Sparta Science into the Sports Performance department, Penn Sports Medicine and the Penn Injury Science Center to utilize force plates and machine learning algorithms to proactively identify injury […]

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Ensuring Warfighter Readiness and Preventing Injury: Air National Guard

Special Warfare Airmen, previously known as Battlefield Airmen, are the critical ground link between air assets and ground forces, often embedded with conventional and special operations units. They are trained to operate as a ground component to solve complex problems with air, space, and cyber power, and they perform missions in the areas of Strike, […]

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Assessing Fatigue 101: The Effects of Fatigue

Every individual responds to fatigue differently. Having a tool to objectively assess neuromuscular control and movement strategy is crucial. Ensuring the data is reliable, valid, ACTIONABLE, and able to be used practically and frequently is absolutely necessary. Tweet   In our last post we explored the definition of fatigue and how the Sparta Movement Health […]

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U.S. Army’s 7th Infantry Division Implements Sparta Science Technology to Increase Readiness

JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. – Sparta Science, the industry leader in force plate machine learning technology designed to identify and mitigate musculoskeletal injury risk, has partnered with the 7th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army (7th ID) to help assess the division’s fitness status at scale, share real time readiness insights, and provide the […]

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Johns Hopkins Athletics Partners with Sparta Science, For Data-Based Sport Performance Tracking

Industry Leader’s Technology to Support Blue Jay Sport Performance BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins Director of Athletics and Recreation Jennifer S. Baker announced an initiative aimed at providing cutting-edge support to the University’s 24 varsity athletic programs and more than 600 student-athletes via a new partnership with Sparta Science.  Sparta Science is the industry leader in providing […]

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Assessing Fatigue 101: What is Fatigue and How is it Measured?

“Fatigue, as there are multiple types, is both very difficult to simulate with laboratory protocols and extremely difficult to measure, especially reliably and validly over time.”  Dr. Tim Hewett Tweet   The concept of fatigue is complex, multifaceted, and context-dependent. Because of the complexity, defining this phenomenon can be extremely challenging both for practitioners as […]

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From Big Army to Athletes and General Population: Integrating Data-Driven Action to Promote Engagement and Improve Performance Holistically

Before starting PRIDE Human Performance in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia, Jillian Joyce  and Simon Bowen had both been involved in Sport and Health and wellbeing at various levels within the Military and general populations for decades and are passionate about the delivery of high quality services and opportunities. While with the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade, […]

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What is the Correct Frequency for Assessing Human Movement?

With every new or prospective customer, one of the most common questions we get is “How often should we assess?” Our answer to this is always the same: “As often as you’re willing to do something about it.” This may seem a bit blunt but, simply speaking, we need to understand that if you aren’t […]

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The NFL’s Next Step in Injury Prevention

A force plate manufacturer is personalizing injury treatment—and prevention—in ways the NFL has never seen. Connor Orr – Utopia, as Phil Wagner sees it, is a world where those who play sports professionally can take their broken bones, tweaked muscles and recovering bodies to a place resembling a pharmacy specializing in ailing athletes. There, they’ll […]

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Sparta Science and USC’s Center for Body Computing Collaborate on New Research Testing the Effectiveness of Tools Used for Assessing Injury-Risk in U.S. Servicemembers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 10, 2021 Menlo Park, CA & Los Angeles, CA, June 7, 2021 – Sparta Science has partnered with the University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing (CBC) to conduct a series of iterative research studies aimed at understanding how to best utilize force plates and machine learning algorithms to predict […]

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Should Right and Left Limbs be Measured Separately in a Vertical Jump Test?

Here at Sparta Science, we consistently work to identify new variables and assessments that will provide value to our partners, as well as new insights from our ever-growing database. The pursuit of identifying reliable and valid measures of dynamic movement through a “unilateral” lens has not been abandoned, and we continue to explore and research […]

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Local military bases use technology to identify soldiers’ injury risk

By: Erin Miller NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Local military bases are using advanced technology to identify soldiers’ injury risks. Through a jump scan and force plate technology, Sparta Science measures a soldier’s fitness level, injury risk and rehab success. Computers collect the data, then Sparta Science’s team looks at how military members move. From there, they can […]

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Army’s 82nd Airborne Division Partners with Sparta Science to Increase Readiness and Performance

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Sparta Science, the industry leader in  Force Plate Machine Learning™  technology, and the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division, have announced a partnership for Paratroopers to utilize Sparta Science Force Plate Machine Learning™ technology to reduce the impact of musculoskeletal injuries. This new technology will be deployed at scale to aid […]

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What Can Jumping Tell Us About Landing?

We are often asked why Sparta Science does not use a specific landing assessment. The short answer to most “why doesn’t Sparta Science do ________?” questions are usually a combination of practicality and reliability…or lack thereof. While it may seem fun to assess hundreds of movements on a force plate or chase innovation by constantly […]

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Vertical Jump Testing: It’s Not Just for Jumpers

At Sparta Science, we work with all types of organizations. From elite sports and conventional military to occupational and geriatric health. Since our earliest customers were professional and collegiate sports teams, it is not uncommon to hear objections about using the vertical jump as an assessment for non-athletes or even non-jumping athletes. Before dismissing the […]