New technology is helping diagnose athlete performance, allowing them to prevent injury by training to their weaknesses.
Specifically, the technology is a large circular plate that sits on the floor and calculates strengths and weaknesses by recording 3,000 data points per second, which are then analyzed by a computer.
Chuck Morris, a coach at New Jersey-based Fulcrum Performance, told the Philadelphia CBS affiliate that he believes the system will revolutionize how athletes train.
“I’m beyond excited,” Morris said. “For the first time in history, we’re now ahead of it. Bigger, stronger, faster is great. We’ve been doing that for 20 years. Now we can get ahead of our athletes before they get injured.”
The system also analyzes force production from a vertical jump to measure lower body strength.
“It’s completely changed my life,” soccer player Astin Galanis said. “I saw a difference in the first two to three weeks, my body started changing, started feeling faster, everything seemed easier and smoother right away."
The Sparta system also calculates an individualized training program that tracks people as the progress through the system.