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KU Sports Performance Continues to Set Standard with Technology Additions

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Pioneers in using technology when it comes totraining athletes, Kansas Athletics Sport Performance has taken another majorstep in setting the standard with the addition of six Sparta Force Platesystems, KU Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance AndreaHudy announced.

The Sparta science system, consisting of a computerized tracking system, allowseach athlete to individually measure his or her own athletic progress when itcomes to performance. The system records individual jump testing performanceand shows the athletes which areas they need to improve on in order to maximizetheir talents and minimize injuries on the field, track and courts. The Spartasoftware creates movement signatures to help athletes, and coaches, monitortheir performance program. In the event they occur, the new system also assistswith injury management.

"This is cutting edge technology is going to push the envelope of sportsperformance," said Hudy, the 2013 National College Strength andConditioning Coach of the Year who has been on the Kansas Athletics staff since2004. "We prescribe the exercises to the individual that will increaseperformance and help with injury prevention."

Kansas was the first to use the Sparta Force Plate technology beginning inNovember 2012. With one system, Sparta was used with only men's and women'sbasketball to measure performance and progress for the student-athletes in theweight room. With the addition of five Sparta Force Plates, the more than 450KU student-athletes will have access to the cutting-edge equipment. Funding forthe additional Sparta Force Plate systems at KU came privately.

"The thing that sets Kansas apart is what we are doing from a science andtechnology aspect to help performance of the athlete," said Hudy who hasworked with 35 players who have gone to play in the NBA, including 14 while atKansas.

Other Sparta software clients include the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and theJacksonville Jaguars. Kansas was the company's first client, which has nowspread to other colleges such as Pacific and Santa Clara.

"The other schools will test every month as a check and balance whereKansas will test every week," said Dr. Phil Wagner, owner of Sparta whichis based in San Francisco. "Kansas' uses a more precise approach. Morefrequency allows for more precision."

The Sparta Force Plate system is user friendly with student-athletes logginginto the program and quickly find their training history and plan for upcomingworkouts. Athletes can track their progress from the time they arrive at KUuntil they leave the university.

"From a recruiting standpoint there is a lot of pitches you hear onperformance and science," Wagner said. "What sets Kansas apart isimmediate interpretation and usage. It's not being stored for some publication.It's being done to help the athlete. This will track the longitude developmentfrom the time the student-athlete arrives until she or he leaves."

Hudy's national reputation as one of the best in the sport performance fieldand her passion to improve KU student-athletes took another major step with theadditions of the Sparta Force Plates.

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