With over 1000 student-athletes and only 4 full time performance staff, the University of Pennsylvania was experiencing difficulty in the ability to:
Assess each individual frequently
Identify individual deficiencies objectively
Provide individualized training plans and monitor engagement
The top priority of the athletic department was to improve the health and wellness of their student-athletes. In order to do this, the staff was looking for a way to eliminate “guesswork” by identifying an individual’s weak link, but the ratio of student-athletes to staff alone made this an impossible task with their existing protocols.
The staff was tasked with finding a central, scalable system to enable the athletic department to be more efficient, and actionable.
With the intent to provide individualized programming to reduce injuries, the staff introduced the Sparta Platform in 2015. Penn used the suite of Sparta scans to assess each student-athlete to identify injury risk, and create an individualized training program. All 1000 student-athletes were scanned throughout the year as determined by the sport, but some teams had better usage than others. The data was shared among the athletic department (athletes, sports coaches, sports medicine/performance staff, Administration) and implementation strategy and compliance depended on the performance and sports coach of each team. With 33 varsity sports, all teams were able to utilize the Sparta system but some teams had more consistent usage than others. In future analysis, teams were split into two separate groups: Sparta user teams and Non-user teams.