The Integration of Technology and Human Performance
- Sparta Science Force Plates
- The Sparta Science Force plate technology is the “prescription” for our student-athletes.
- Using a cloud database of force velocity profiles from male and female athletes who jump on these force plates allows for accurate test results. Profiles include collegiate, NFL, NBA, and WNBA athletes. This technology is also used by Seal Team 6 users. Each athlete is compared against millions of other scans and placed on a bell curve to establish a jump score. Once OU’s strength and conditioning team has this understanding, a personalized plan is created for each student-athlete. This real time data on the student-athletes helps prevent injuries.
- Four force plates in the facility costs $280,000 with an additional annual cost of $35,000. This necessary and key technology prevents detrimental injuries for the student-athletes in Oklahoma’s care.
- Athos Wireless Electromyography (EMG)
- With Athos, our strength and conditioning team can live track muscle activation and movement activation patterns.
- This technology allows our team the insight to see the underlying causes of potential injury, or in the event of an injury our staff can diagnose and prescribe the solution.
- To date, OU’s strength and conditioning specialists are only able to evaluate the lower body and for the most effective evaluation, our program can use additional units for upper and lower body evaluations.
- Firstbeat Heart Rate Monitoring
- Firstbeat Heart Rate Monitoring live tracks heart rates during workouts and practices. Each session provides a personal report to allow our student-athletes and coaches real time insights.
- This is especially vital for our heavier student-athletes. The ability to actively monitor the heart rates for the safest training environment possible is not only vital, but lifesaving.
- This heart rate monitoring is key throughout the year, however, during the COVID-19 pandemic this monitoring system has been an additional resource used for detection of this virus.
- The current financial responsibility to OU Athletics for a limited number for football and soccer monitoring is $90,000 per year.