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Extracting Features from Raw Force Plate Data

Force plates, also referred to as force platforms, are relatively simple pieces of equipment and have been around for decades. The first commercially available force plate system in use in a biomechanics laboratory was in the mid 1970’s, and they have remained a mainstay in biomechanics labs ever since. We often explain the force plate […]

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What is ‘Injury Prediction’ Really All About?

‘Injury prediction’ is a divisive topic largely resulting from, in our opinion, confusion and misunderstanding on what is meant when using this term. To clarify how we approach ‘injury prediction’ we would suggest the concept of relative injury risk assessment.  MSK injuries are, thankfully, relatively infrequent events and there is certainly a significant random component […]

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Air Force turning to AI for better fitness, injury prevention

By Scott Maucione: Musculoskeletal injuries are the primary source for disability in the military and account for 2.4 million health care visits each year. That can add up to be a serious readiness issue for the services. The Air National Guard is especially looking for ways to reduce physical injury and make training less strenuous on […]

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Sparta Science Partners with Inflect Health to Replace Outdated Physician Scales with AI-Powered Movement Health Platform

Menlo Park, CA | March 22, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time Sparta Science, an industry leader in movement health technology, has partnered with Inflect Health, the innovation hub of Vituity, to bring the Sparta Movement Health Platform to acute care clinics–and serve a chronic pain market forecast to reach $152 billion in this decade alone. Inflect […]

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Federal Drive Podcast: How utilizing data could lead to better, healthier training for the military

Serving in the military can take a serious toll on the body. New technologies and techniques might be able to save service members’ back and joints. One Air National Guard squadron is working with Sparta Science on a data-driven approach to training better. Federal News Network’s Scott Maucione talks with Sparta’s founder, Dr. Phil Wagner, […]

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Creating a culture of Buy-in and Autonomy: Guest Blog Post by University of Florida’s Tracy Zimmer

In this post, Tracy Zimmer, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Univiersity of Florida, shares how she developed a fundamental characteristic for any process, or technology, to be successful; buy-in. She lays out a framework for how to cultivate engagement from all of the people involved with using Sparta Science’s technology which led to trust, athlete […]

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Fund the fixes for the entrepreneur’s dilemma with respect to DOD

By Phil Wagner – Special to Stars and Stripes:  For years, startup founders have been sounding the alarm about the expanding graveyard of small technology companies that have tried to partner with the Department of Defense. After walking the well-known “valley of death” that is the DOD procurement process, many companies simply run out of […]

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The NFL wants to predict injuries before they happen. Here’s how

By Meira Gebel: For the athletes who compete at the highest levels of sport, preventing injury can sometimes seem impossible. And in most cases, it is. When you put two dozen of the country’s most elite players — with adrenaline pumping through their veins — in a 100-yard playground where they’re told to bump, push, […]

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Understanding human movement, from sports stars to senior citizens with Dr. Phil Wagner, Sparta Science

Listen to host Thomas Alomes and Sparta Science CEO and Founder, Dr. Phil Wagner discuss movement health, injury prevention and health technology on the Sports Tech World Series podcast, Sports Tech Feed. Listen to the full podcast on Apple Podcasts Listen to the full podcast on Sports Tech World Series’ website

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Dr. Phil Wagner featured on GSOF Podcast, SOFspot

SOfspot host Chelsea sat down with three men who have different experiences and perspectives with mental and physical health in the special operations community. She spoke to: COL Mark Ray,  Director of USASOC’s Human Performance and Wellness program Dr. Phil Wagner, the Founder and CEO of Sparta Science Phil Gant, recently separated Special Forces and […]

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Sparta Science CEO & Founder featured on Health Tech Spotlight podcast

The Health Tech Spotlight podcast, hosted by Carlo Rich and Pat Dunn, speaks with Sparta Science CEO and Founder Dr. Phil Wagner about using real data and data science to improve movement health and identify musculoskeletal risk to create a movement signature to provide individualized plans that guide prevention and rehabilitation. Listen to the podcast […]

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Sparta Science Awarded Multiple U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research Contracts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2021 Menlo Park, CA –  Sparta Science, developer of a scalable, machine learning-based technical solution for objectively measuring neuromusculoskeletal health and improving physical readiness for uniformed service men and women, has been awarded multiple AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contracts through the United States Air Force.  Sparta Science […]

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The Use of Big Data to Improve Human Health: How Experience From other Industries Will Shape the Future

Hewett TE, Olsen G, Atkinson M. The Use of Big Data to Improve Human Health: How Experience From other Industries Will Shape the Future. IJSPT. 2021;16(6):1590-1594. doi:10.26603/001c.29858   Click here to read the accompanying editorial by Tim Hewett and Kate Webster Introduction ‘Data science’ represents a set of mathematical and software development related techniques that are applied […]

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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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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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Research Summary: Sports Medicine and Artificial Intelligence: A Primer

Ramkumar PN, Luu BC, Haeberle HS, Karnuta JM, Nwachukwu BU, Williams RJ. Sports Medicine and Artificial Intelligence: A Primer. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2022;50(4):1166-1174. doi:10.1177/03635465211008648 Key takeaways: AI has revolutionized the technology sector and is poised to transform sports medicine.  This technology should be viewed as an aid to augment a clinician’s capabilities […]

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Is Movement the Most Overlooked Component of Health?

Movement, by nature, is a broad and encompassing term. Water runs, streams lap, plants grow – movement is everywhere. Humans have “moved” for centuries; they’ve walked, run, climbed, farmed, and built – there’s the hustle and bustle of city-goers and the quiet walks around the suburban neighborhood.  These days, movement looks a bit different than […]

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Research Summary: Unsupervised Clustering Techniques Identify Movement Strategies in the Countermovement Jump Associated with Musculoskeletal Injury Risk during US Marine Corps Officer Candidates School

Bird MB, Mi Q, Koltun KJ, Lovalekar M, Martin BJ, Fain A, Bannister A, Vera Cruz A, Doyle TLA and Nindl BC (2022) Unsupervised Clustering Techniques Identify Movement Strategies in the Countermovement Jump Associated with Musculoskeletal Injury Risk During US Marine Corps Officer Candidates School. Front. Physiol. 13:868002. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2022.868002 Key takeaways: Countermovement jump data can […]

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Research Summary: Biomechanical and Psychological Predictors of Failure in the Air Force Physical Fitness Test

Turner, J.; Wagner, T.; Langhals, B. Biomechanical and Psychological Predictors of Failure in the Air Force Physical Fitness Test. Sports 2022, 10, 54. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports10040054 Key takeaways A combination of biomechanical and psychosocial factors can be used to predict the result of Air Force Physical Fitness Tests in active-duty airmen with a high degree of accuracy […]

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Researchers investigate the ability to utilize a big-data approach to enable early intervention and prevent workplace injury in active-duty military members

In a study performed on 223 active-duty US Airmen, researchers from the Air Force Institute of Technology evaluated whether it was possible to use a combination of demographic, biomechanical, and psychosocial factors to predict whether active-duty members of the U.S. Air Force would fail the Air Force Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Check out the full […]

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Using Force Plate Data for Unsupervised Machine Learning

This week we will continue to dive a bit deeper into some of the methodologies we utilize here at Sparta Science that differ from most traditional data science techniques. As we’ve discussed in recent posts, the utilization of machine learning (ML) is growing exponentially in many industries enabling a “big data” approach to leverage the […]

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Sparta Science Awarded Small Business Innovation Research Phase II Contract from US Air Force Incubator

AFWERX funding to expand use of Sparta Science’s non-invasive Force Plate Machine Learning™ to rapidly assess the brain health of Air Force personnel Results of this USAF-funded R&D will also support application of Sparta Science’s Movement Health Platform throughout DoD and to civilian customers worldwide Menlo Park, CA – May 2022 – Sparta Science today […]

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Sparta Science and Munich Re North America Life Partner to Improve Employee Wellness by Reducing Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury

Under the agreement, Munich Re now endorses Sparta Science’s Movement Health Platform to the North American disability carriers it reinsures Initiative aimed at reducing musculoskeletal injury and disease — the leading cause of disability claims — and preventing functional injury and decline before they lead to disability claims and lost productivity MENLO PARK, Calif. and NEW YORK, May […]

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White Paper: Injury Risk, Is It Predictable?

Because of the high costs and burden of injuries, even small reductions in injury rates can be extremely valuable. Knowledge of which individuals in a group are most at risk can enable targeted injury rate reduction efforts. Though we can’t predict specific injury events without supernatural foresight—who will be injured and when— for a given […]

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It’s the Data, Not the ‘Algorithms’

“Data is the new oil,” has become a common analogy for explaining the increasing value data is having on our society and economy as a whole. In 2017 an article was published in The Economist titled “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data,” which is likely the source of this concept. […]

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Why we’re investing in Sparta Science – and the massive, under-appreciated opportunity in the Science of Movement

By Andrew Smith Today I’m excited to announce that Inflect Health (Virtuity’s innovation hub) has invested in Sparta Science, a Silicon Valley startup that has developed a movement vital sign that reduces the impact of injuries and movement-related disorders. The Sparta Movement Health Platform replaces traditional weight scales and leverages machine learning to deliver predictive insights […]