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Are you using the right type of force plate data?

The roles of normative, raw, and time-series force plate data. Which type is most meaningful for you? We are in an era of data explosion. More information is being created now than ever before, which is both daunting and exciting. It is almost like a hospital’s emergency room on a Friday night, incoming situations from […]

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SaaS and Health Technology: Is all “Service” the same?

How Software Fits Within Human Centric Organizations for True Innovation A common sound byte often referenced about the health technology explosion over the last ten years is that an astonishing 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years alone. Technology has made it easier to collect data due to less […]

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Why Urgency Should be a Habit

Individuals are Adopting New Technologies, With or Without Their Organizations. With the new year underway, many folks are coming off of time away from their everyday, focusing on new habits; fresh goals to tackle for the quarter and/or year. Oftentimes these goals are substantial and require smaller, more frequent habit changes to achieve. The smallest […]

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Actionable Data vs Raw Data

A definition for both and consideration for when to use Most human performance & health environments have an interesting dichotomy of what is actionable versus what is interesting. So the debate of simple versus raw data has risen to be a significant contention within the realm of performance and medicine. What makes data actionable? Actionable […]

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Change in In-Season Vertical Jump Kinetics is Predictive of Lower Extremity Injury in Collegiate Football Players

Pontillo M. & Sennett B. Change in In-Season Vertical Jump Kinetics is Predictive of Lower Extremity Injury in Collegiate Football Players. SPTS Team Concept Conference 2020. Podium Presentation. Presented at the Sports Physical Therapy Team Concept Conference (SPTS TCC) 2020. Key takeaways:   Magnitude of change in vertical jump kinetics is predictive of lower extremity injury […]

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Why is movement data standardization a necessity?

Why we need to question movement data standardization; what happens when you skip step #1? I had a friend contact me recently concerned about their loved one’s elevated triglyceride and glucose levels from the latest blood test. Like many of us, they went straight into problem-solving mode…how can we reduce some of these disease markers […]

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What is a Leading KPI and why are they important?

How to Support and Validate your Decisions One of the more challenging parts of human performance & fitness is the assessments, specifically the time and energy required to conduct the measurement. Many performance metrics require significant time to complete the assessment, but the larger issue is actually the time required to recover from a bout […]

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New technologies in FY 2021 NDAA will serve as force multipliers, improving warfighter health while minimizing costs

MENLO PARK, Calif. (January 1, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Congress voted to override the veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 thereby enacting it into law. This annual legislation is critical to the overarching goal of creating a 21st-century fighting force by authorizing key initiatives that continue to keep […]

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Marines Using ‘Force Plates’ To Predict Potential Injuries

By Connie Lee | National Defense Magazine Marine Corps Training and Education Command is working to protect troops by investing in technology that can detect potential injuries. “I think we can drastically reduce attrition rates,” said Sparta Science founder and CEO Phil Wagner. “If you have force plate technology, and you have proper nutrition and […]

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How revolutionary force plate technology could save troops from injuries and slash defense spending

By Hollie McKay | Fox News As it stands, more than 55,000 active-duty U.S. soldiers – wracked by war wounds and injuries – are deemed non-deployable. The U.S Marines using the Sparta Science system, taken at the School of Infantry – West Training Command at MCB Camp Pendleton, California. In 2018, more than half of […]

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When Things Speed Up, Do More with Less

The world Just got Faster, so should your Movement Health Insights There is no doubt that COVID has placed more stress on the world than any modern challenge. For the health of ourselves and/or our teams (your family, your work, etc.), we are all being asked to do more with less. Perhaps the largest side […]

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Leaders™: Rehabilitation Programs and Performance Enhancement in College Sport

By John Portch Leaders™: Stacy Carone of UMBC and Mitch Hauschildt of Missouri State outline the importance of clarity, trust, and building those working relationships. “I came here to support our injury mitigation efforts, but most importantly, we’ve tried to enact a cultural change and give our student-athletes a safe space where they can trust […]

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What is Injury Prediction, Really?

Musculoskeletal injury prediction has been referred to as the holy grail within military and sports circles, a storied endpoint that can solve all pain, figuratively, and literally. In short, a prediction, or forecast, is a statement about a future event. Yet, it is commonplace to hear practitioners say that predicting injuries cannot be done; there […]

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Validity of Lower Extremity Postural Sway for Baseline Concussion Testing

The questions covered:

What is the distribution of lower extremity postural sway variables in the athletic population?

What is the relationship between clinical and biomechanical baseline concussion testing?

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Maintaining High Performance in a Post COVID-19 Sports Environment

The Challenge: After suffering a well-publicized spate of injuries in 2018 the Portland Timbers partnered with Sparta Science to help reduce injuries that consistently left their players sidelined. The performance team was motivated to find a more proactive approach to reducing these injuries and decided that Sparta Science’s Force Plate Machine Learning™ (FMPL™) was the […]

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Force Plate or Not, Consistency is Critical

“What other tests do you do on the force plate?”, “Can we do squats on your force plate?”, “Can we add a Force Plate test for horizontal movement?”… At Sparta Science, we’ve fielded endless questions like these, all with the common theme of adding more tests. The driving force behind these questions is curiosity around […]

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Longitudinal Changes In Force Plate Measures Are Valid Indicators Of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Health In Professional American Football Players

Hewett TE, Webster KE, Cohen SC, Wagner PP. Longitudinal Changes In Force Plate Measures Are Valid Indicators Of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Health In Professional American Football Players. Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting. February 2021. Poster Presentation. To be presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting 2021. Key takeaways:   ⇩ MSK HEALTH in 2020 POST-COVID LOCKDOWN MSK […]

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This new diagnostic tech aims to prevent injuries in Marines, soldiers

By Todd South, Marine Corps Times For the past year, Marines have been using “force plate” technology and data analysis to assess core and lower extremity strength, all in an effort to correct imbalances, improve performances and prevent injuries. The Army is following closely, having recently adopted the same technology. And in its latest budget documents, Congress is asking […]

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Force Plate Testing: How Much is Enough?

One of the most common questions that we get asked around musculoskeletal health and the desire to improve performance & fitness is “how often should I test?”. The question itself is actually flawed and outdated because of the assumption that there is a standard answer applicable to every person and every situation. While there are […]

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USAF 24th Special Operations Wing Looks to Sparta Science Technology to Address Injuries and Improve Fitness

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force 24th Special Operations Wing (24th SOW) Human Performance team has partnered with Sparta Science, the industry leader in force plate machine learning technology that reduces injury risk and increases readiness for warfighters. Leveraging a database of over two million scans, Sparta Science’s Force Plate Machine Learning™ can […]