The Sparta assessments include a standardized testing protocol, as well as unique patented settings within the software to ensure only good (reliable) data is captured during the assessments. These settings allow for the testing process to be extremely simple and intuitive so the Sparta system doesn't require any specific staff to utilize or operate.
Here are a few of the key standardizations settings:
Stand Still Period: As is consistent with current research and recommendations, the Sparta software utilizes a "stand-still period" prior to each assessment in order to allow for an individual's body weight to stabilize and reduce the potential for noise during each assessment.
Stand Still Thresholds: Between trials, Sparta also ensures these values stand-still values are consistent. This allows the system to identify and stop any potential bad data from being analyzed into an individual's results as well as from entering into our aggregate database.
Force Plate Taring: Between trials and tests, the Sparta system automatically tares (zeros) the force plate to continue to only ensure clean, reliable data is captured. Along with the stand-still thresholds, this helps to ensure the hardware is functioning properly.
Dynamic Force Thresholds: A handful of different standardizations and settings are put into place based on our years of research and collecting data to continue to ensure data is reliable and valid. For example, when performing a vertical jump, oftentimes an individual will actually "drop" (leave the ground) into the jump. Without these settings, the force plate would sense that the individual jumped in their initial drop and attempt to analyze this data, leading us to collect bad data. Essentially the software is able to determine key phases during the Jump, Balance, and Plank Scans to ensure the data recorded and analyzed is reliable and valid.
Most of Sparta's patents are around the standardization of data and the unique settings utilized to ensure only reliable and valid data is collected and let into the database.
Learn more about our patents here: Patent Information
Other than the specific settings and thresholds within the software, there are other key ways Sparta ensures the data is clean and reliable. This starts most simply with the Standardized Warm-Up that displays within the software prior to the Jump Scan. Our internal research has shown that utilizing a warm-up is critical to ensure reliable data is collected for the jump scan. The standardized warm-up provided is a quick and practical (5 minutes, no equipment) way to ensure your data is reliable. The Sparta Science software also requires multiple trials for all assessments. By performing multiple trials and averaging the data, this ensures that we are getting not only the most reliable but also more sensitive data to allow for better insights.
All of our published research can be found in the Publications section of our website.