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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 […]

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A Better Solution for a Big Issue: Core and Upper Body Testing

Using a force plate for practical collection of objective data  Human movement is an extremely complex symphony of coordination between different systems of the human body. Because of this, it has become commonplace to assess movement in discrete parts to attempt to explain the function (or dysfunction) of the whole. To give a simple example, […]

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MILITARY MATTERS: Marine Corps developing technology to prevent injuries

Click here to watch the video on WTVM By Jason Dennis COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – The U.S. military is using advanced technology to help prevent injuries among service members, keeping them on the battlefield as needed. “In my mind, this was really a game-changer,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. (Ret) Stephen Armes. When Armes took over […]

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Sparta Science: Predicting Musculoskeletal Injury Risk with Force Plate Machine Learning™ on AWS

Guest post by Greg Olsen – Chief Technology Officer, Sparta Science and Dhawal Patel, Sr. Startup Solutions Architect, AWS Sparta Science delivers a movement health solution to organizations who want to protect their most valuable resource – people. Elite sports teams, military units, performance and rehabilitation businesses, occupational health providers, and employers use Sparta Science’s Movement […]

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New technology at military bases aims to prevent injury

By Alana Austin WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – The U.S. military is expanding efforts to prevent injuries among service members. Through new advanced technology, the goal is to maximize military readiness and reduce the injuries that keep warriors off the battlefield. “In my mind, this was really a game-changer,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Stephen Armes […]

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Think Balance is Basic? Take a Closer Look

At a glance, balance can seem like a rudimentary test. We don’t see balance glamorized on social media like a 47.1” vertical jump where the subject seems to levitate momentarily. But, testing balance on a force plate provides us with an opportunity to collect more data for longer periods of time than a test like […]

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Prediction of ACL Injuries from Vertical Jump Kinetics in Division 1 Collegiate Athletes

Pontillo, M, Hines SM, & Sennett, BJ. (2021). Prediction of ACL Injuries from Vertical Jump Kinetics in Division 1 Collegiate Athletes. The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 16(1), 156-161, DOI: 10.26603/001c.18819. Key takeaways:   EXPLODE is significantly lower in the ACL Injury group when compared to the Healthy group. DRIVE is significantly higher in the ACL Injury […]

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How Colleges, Professional Franchises Use Sparta Science To Identify Injury Risk, Develop Training Programs

Tim Casey, Forbes Sports: This weekend, the University of Houston, Michigan, UCLA and Villanova men’s basketball teams are competing in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis. The schools are in different conferences and have rarely played each other through the years, but they share at least one commonality. They are among the […]

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The Specificity of Reliability

As we get more granular with data collected, it is critical to evaluate the reliability of each of the different measures we are hoping to use. If the data we are collecting isn’t reliable, there is no tool, software, or algorithm we can use to make it reliable; we are simply collecting bad data. The […]

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24th SOW Using Machine Learning to Prevent Injuries in Special Tactics Airmen

Tech company Sparta Science is pairing force-plate technology with machine learning to help Air Force Special Operations Command’s 24th Special Operations Wing predict and prevent injuries in its special tactics Airmen. “The 24th SOW Human Performance team is consistently looking for innovative ways to assess, maintain, and enhance the health and performance of our most […]

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Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Utilizes Sparta Science to Enhance Fitness and Training

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sparta Science, the industry leader in force plate machine learning technology to identify and mitigate musculoskeletal injury risk, has partnered with the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San Diego (MCRD SD) to provide a portable and scalable solution for improving Marine recruit readiness. With Sparta Science Force Plate Machine Learning™, MCRD SD […]

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Are Your Measures Reliable?

As the human performance industry advances, technologies, new and old, continue to try to innovate and differentiate themselves for your dollars. Almost every technology company these days, including Sparta Science, is collecting data and will lean on their “data-driven insights” as a way to pique your interest before going on to tell you all about […]

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The Democratization of Data

Force Plate Machine Learning™ allows everyone to be informed…now Many of the customers in our community have had or used force plates for many years before deciding to integrate Sparta’s Movement Health Platform. And every conversation begins with the same simple, but crucial moments of education.  As an example, when talking with a potential military […]

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Technology Should Help You Do What You Do… Faster

Free up your time, with technology, to protect your people In the health & human performance world, it is very common to hear how certain technologies may not be needed because the practitioner or organization can already do it themselves. When sharing our solution with practitioners or scientists we often hear “we already do that […]

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Team Readiness…for what, for whom, by when?

When to use technological knowledge vs human knowledge to achieve the mission Readiness is a term used to describe many scenarios for an organization, and it has become a buzzword for both military objectives, as well as technologies aimed at individual health and sports performance. The Department of Defense for example defines the term “readiness” […]