As young athletes participate in more and more competitive programs, sports and seasons, their bodies are put under more and more demand. NXTSTAT helps ensure “doing more” is done as safely and efficiently as possible for each athlete’s individual body and career goals.

Professional and big-time colleges are using force plates to gather objective data and assess athletes’ neuromuscular function. Force plates offer feasibility and rapid feedback for gathering quality objective data with high reliability. Detailed research has demonstrated the benefits of receiving and understanding this data and the case is building each year. The research also shows that most athletes who receive force plate data benefit most when it is simple and actionable.

Enter NXTSTAT — we gather data that empowers athletic performance.

The profiling and benchmarking of athletes is a critical part of the process for informing training and programming. It also allows a complete picture of the athlete to be developed, including physiocial, psychological, technical, and tactical aspects. This has implications for athlete performance and injury prevention. Therefore, using data to inform short- and long-term decisions to support athlete development is also necessary.” 
— Essentials of Sports Science, National Strength and Conditioning Association

6 Reasons to Test & Train With NXTSTAT

Track Progress & Set Benchmarks

NXTSTAT testing can show an athlete’s progress or lack thereof over time. It also allows for comparison to a group, providing reasonable and reliable benchmarks.

According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) essentials of sports science approaches, using performance objectives and key performance indicators is powerful for tracking and assessing progress and can potentially predict the likelihood of success in specific events or disciplines.

Individual profiles and, using a gap analysis, an athlete’s current performance can be compared to benchmarks to enable the development of more systematic and objective training plans for individual athletes, which can aid in physical development from early stages in the athlete's care. These concepts are imperative toward long-term athlete development.

Discover & Assess Risk Factors

Force plates are a gold standard in evaluation of neuromuscular function. While research has proven it is nearly impossible to predict injury, several significant studies show certain data findings can at least notify the athlete of potential concerns. With concerning characteristics identified, appropriate recommendations can be made to help the athlete train and develop more ideally.

Determine Levels of Readiness & Fatique

Safe and effective training of athletes at any age involves balancing the demands of training with the need for recovery to achieve training adaptation goals and minimize injury risk. This is particularly important for young athletes who represent several different sports teams.

The risk of overload or overuse injury increases if the intensity, volume or frequency of training or competition greatly exceed the ability of the athlete to tolerate load, perform technically sound moments or sufficiently recover.

While determining levels of readiness and fatigue requires regular NXTSTAT testing, it can provide valuable information for the entire support system of the athlete to help ensure goals are met.

Identify "Low Hanging Fruit"

As athletes grow more advanced in training, gains are harder and harder to come by and are typically less drastic. Force plate data can help identify significant areas of need or improvement, allowing training to focus on the potential for gain.

According to Essentials of Sports Science, force velocity profiling is an example of a method that can generate profiling and subsequent training program design. Rather than burdening athletes with unnecessary training, valuable information can be gathered during training and used to inform programming.

Establish a Baseline

With established NXTSTAT baseline data, athletes can see gains and also see recovery.

As of now, the most significant predictor of injury is previous injury. While there may be different factors that contribute to this, such as soft tissue characteristics, one of the main drivers is also that the athlete was not fully ready to return. With a NXTSTAT baseline, an athlete can be retested after rehabilitation to help ensure recovery is complete. Retesting and comparison to baseline can show muscle or movement imbalances as well as fatigue and readiness.

Essentials of Sports Science discusses several issues such as strength deficits and asymmetries, altered running patterns or altered high intensity metrics for long periods following injuries in athletes. NXTSTAT data can help ensure these long-term issues are avoided.

Save & Track Performance Data

NXTSTAT data is here to empower each individual athlete — take it with you, build upon it and keep tracking it no matter where you compete. We’re in this for the long-haul. Are you?

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