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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 risk and better mitigate musculoskeletal injuries sustained from athletics activities.

Initially the university began working with Sparta Science to objectively assess student athletes and use data from Sparta Scans to tailor workouts with the goal of reducing injuries and associated costs. Since seeing the success of that initiative they have expanded the scope of the partnership to conduct research to explore injury prediction and objective return to play metrics.

“We are thrilled to expand and extend our partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s programs and further Sparta Science’s mission of ‘helping the world move better,’ said Sparta Science CEO Phil Wagner. “We are honored to work with such a prestigious institution that trusts us to support their health care and human performance efforts as well as vital data for their research.”

“We are pleased to be taking important next steps in our research partnership with Sparta Science. Over the next two years, Sports Performance, in close collaboration with our very important campus partners, Penn Injury Science Center and Penn Sports Medicine, we will be examining how Sparta data can help drive better conversations around injury prediction and return to play after injury,” said Dr. Andrea Wieland, PhD, Associate Athletic Director for Sport Performance. “Over the next 2 years we aim to have 8 studies that will give us empirical evidence on how to best use Sparta Science in individualizing training efforts and return to play protocols.”

The length of this existing collaboration provides a large pool of existing data that provides excellent material for long-term research and studies. With each year of the relationship the results should increase as the data does. 

The University of Pennsylvania Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) is a broad-based division comprised of 33 intercollegiate teams, 37 club sport teams, and expansive intramural sport and campus recreation programs, all taking place within 22 athletics and recreational facilities. Students, faculty, and staff are also served through membership-based access to the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, ranked #2 nationally this year, the Fox Fitness Center and access to a variety of shared facilities. The facilities are contained within a contiguous 24-acre footprint at the eastern end of campus, commonly thought to be one of the best athletics infrastructures among urban campuses, with assets such as Franklin Field, The Palestra, and Penn Park.