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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 […]

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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 […]