NFL Combine and Sparta Scans

By Sparta Science

February 28, 2019

NFL Combine and Sparta Scans: Jump, Balance, Plank

The 60 second Sparta Jump Scan™ at the NFL Combine helps gauge athlete’s injury risk from a vertical jump measured on our Sparta System.

The Jump Scan is a validated movement assessment that measures force production from a vertical jump. From the Jump Scan, which also measures vertical jump height, we get The Movement Signature which is three phases of an athlete’s movement: LOAD, EXPLODE, DRIVE. 

What is considered a “good” Movement Signature?

First, we want to see all values above 45 points like the graph below. If all values are above 45 you are producing enough force to protect yourself. Second, if all values are within 15 points of each other, we consider you to be balanced and not overly relying on only one phase of movement.

 

The Balance Scan assesses an individual’s static stability on the Left and Right legs. Performed while the patient is blindfolded and balancing on one leg, the balance scan determines if an individual is at an increased risk of injury, re-injury or physically able to progress in rehabilitation.

The Plank Scan is a reliable assessment of an individual’s static stability on the Left and Right arms. This determines if an individual is at an increased risk of re-injury or physically able to progress in rehabilitation. A resilient individual shows sufficient static stability in both medial-lateral and anterior-posterior planes, which helps to protect from injury.

If you’re at the Combine this week, feel free to contact Sparta Coach Will to meet in person: @willt_45

You can also request a Sparta Training Ground free try out session to get your athletes scanned.

Are you a Sports Medicine professional or Team Physician interested in learning more? Download our Sparta for Health & Performance guide.

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