Impact Athletic Performance and Athlete Analytics are bringing an All Sports Testing Combine to Rome, GA. Using cutting edge technology, they will analyze the athlete’s power, agility, and speed so that they will be able excel in their individual sports.
If you are a coach, athlete or parent in ANY sport, this is for YOU!!! Athlete Analytics are bringing cutting edge technology to measure speed, power and strength so that you can EXCEL in your specific sport using Force Plates.
There will be 2 different sessions: 5th – 8th Grade and 9th – 12th
Use, Application, and Benefits
Reducing the risk of injury is critical for optimizing performance and increasing longevity, so it should always be at the core of any strength and conditioning program. Force plates provide an in depth comprehensive look at exactly what is going on with an athlete’s movement.
Force plates measure real time Ground Reaction Force (GRF)represented by a vertical red line on the screen and are typically used for standing posture, walking, running, jumping and landing. GRF is the force from the ground acting back against the body and is equal to the force placed against the ground. In other words, the ground will only give back what you put into it. GRF is what allows us to perform tasks like running and jumping, so those who run faster and jump higher than others typically possess the ability to generate larger amounts of force into the ground which is then returned to the athlete by way of flight (seen in both tasks).
How does the information provided by force plates reduce injury and improve performance? Let’s examine the vertical jump. The data captured by a Force Plate this assesses two types of force: Eccentric (negative force) and Concentric (positive force). Eccentric jumping forces are seen in both the loading phase of the jump (joints flexing) and again when landing. With eccentric loading forces, if the athlete can produce more force into the ground during the loading phase (first eccentric force), then it’s likely they’ll generate greater forces during the concentric phase (joints extending). The concentric phase is where the athlete is generating force to push off the ground to take flight. The eccentric landing phase (where injuries commonly occur) is determined by the athlete’s ability to absorb energy. If the athlete lands rigid or stiff (often seen via straighter legs), the GRF is going to be high which places an excessive amount of stress on the joints and supporting structures. In contrast, if the athlete can absorb the landing forces by flexing their joints and loading into the landing, this will allow the muscles and tendons to absorb the force (what they’re designed to do) and reduce the chance of injury to the joints and supporting structures. Because the force plate tells us exactly how much force the muscles are absorbing upon landing, we can determine the risk for injury.
Additionally, force plate data allows us to measure:
Jason Bombard, M.S., CSCS, TSAC-F, EP-C, CES
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