The Troy Trojans are getting way ahead of the game for this upcoming football season.
Select Medical, a healthcare company, is teaming up with Champion Sports Medicine to study and collect data from athletes through sensor technology called dorsaVi.
ViPerform is a wireless sensor that records and tracks the rate and manner at which athletes move in real time. The technology is designed to highlight problem areas for the individual to help the team study where issues arise on the body in game-type situations.
“When looking at the full scope of what we’re seeing and the impact on athletic performance and the impact on lower extremity injuries, I think it should become a standard part of what we do,” explained Trent Nessler, director for Sports Medicine Innovation for Select Medical.
Football players went through a variety of different mobility skills to test balance and the magnitude and speed of their movement. The technology is also designed to aid in the improvement of an athlete’s sprint speed and vertical jump.
One of the focuses of the study is helping to address non-contact ACL, ankle, knee, hip and lower back injuries. This innovative 3-D technology pinpoints areas of concern or weakness in an athlete’s body to hone in on what needs to be strengthened or focused on.
A guy very excited for the technology is Red-shirt Junior Running Back Jordan Chunn.
Chunn, who has missed a lot of field time dealing with multiple injuries says, “with me dealing with a bunch of injuries, testing is kind of like putting it in data to let me know what I need to work on.”
Teammate and Auburn transfer Sophomore Cornerback Kamryn Melton says, “I feel like the results came out great cause I know what I need to work on and everybody else who did it and took the test already, they know what they need to improve on during the off season and fall camp.”
NFL, MLB and NBA teams have already begun to implement this type of sensor technology onto their franchises and now Troy is right there with them. The athletes will be tested again after the season to see the magnitude of the impact dorsaVi has on its’ student athlete.