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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 different between ACL (⇩) and healthy (⇧) groups DRIVE different between ACL (⇧) and healthy (⇩) groups LOAD:EXPLODE different between […]

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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” […]

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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 […]