The Assessment Protocols - Cloud

The Sparta Movement Health Platform consists of a variety of Movement Scan variations including the Jump, Balance, and Plank. Check out how to conduct these assessments.

Note: If you are currently utilizing a version of the Sparta Science software where you log in to the urls home.spartascience.com or local.spartascan, refer to the this article instead.

Download the Scanning Instruction PDF here.

Jump and Balance Scan

  1. Login to the Sparta Scan App and select the Team
  2. Find and select a user, click on Jump and Balance and click Start Scan
  3. Ensure the user has performed either a general warm up or the Standardized Sparta Scan Warm Up available here (videos at the end of this article).
  4. Follow the prompts on the screen:
  5. Step on the plate and stand still
  6. Prepare to jump (arms up) and perform a max effort vertical jump when prompted
  7. Land back on the plate and stand still
  8. When prompted shift to balance on your RIGHT leg (picking up the left) for ~ 10 seconds
  9. Stand still on the plate, when prompted shift to balance on your LEFT leg (picking up the right) for ~ 10 seconds
  10. Repeat this process for a total of 4 vertical jumps and two balance trials on each side

 

Notes:

Taring - Prior to each Scan, the Sparta system automatically tares (zeros) the force plate to continue to only ensure clean, reliable data is captured. Be sure the Force Plate is unloaded during this taring segment.

Stand Still Period - Prior to all assessments, there is a 2 seconds stand-still period. This "quiet" period is best practice and is utilized to ensure an accurate baseline measurement of body weight.

Cueing/Instructing the User - Cueing or instructing the user should be kept simple and focus on the task: "jump as high as you can." By instructing the user on how to jump we risk influencing their movement strategy.  Simple cueing of where to have the arms at the start may be required for individuals to find where their most comfortable starting position is and can be utilized.

Landing - The Sparta system is currently capturing and storing landing data, though that data is currently only analyzed on the back end.  Users are required to land back on the force plate to enable us to further analyze this data to determine reliability and future utility of these metrics.

Right and Left - If the user accidentally begins the a trial on the incorrect leg, it is recommended to simply have the user step off the plate to invalidate the trial, then begin again using the correct side.  There is no way for Admin users to easily switch labels of Right and Left if the test protocol is not followed. 

Error Messages - Different error messages will display if the software detects potential reliability issues. Initially, it is recommended to simply instruct the user to jump again without any specific cueing. If errors continue, the simplest way to address this is by cueing the starting arm position. 

Jump Scan

  1. Login to the Sparta Scan App and select the Team
  2. Find and select a user, click on Jump and click Start Scan
  3. Ensure the user has performed either a general warm up or the Standardized Sparta Scan Warm Up available here (videos at the end of this article).
  4. Follow the prompts on the screen:
  5. Step on the plate and stand still
  6. Prepare to jump (arms up) and perform a max effort vertical jump when prompted
  7. Land back on the plate and stand still
  8. Repeat this process for a total of 4 vertical jumps

 (videos at the end of this article).

Notes:

Taring - Prior to each Scan, the Sparta system automatically tares (zeros) the force plate to continue to only ensure clean, reliable data is captured. Be sure the Force Plate is unloaded during this taring segment.

Stand Still Period - Prior to all assessments, there is a 2 seconds stand-still period. This "quiet" period is best practice and is utilized to ensure an accurate baseline measurement of body weight.

Cueing/Instructing the User - Cueing or instructing the user should be kept simple and focus on the task: "jump as high as you can." By instructing the user on how to jump we risk influencing their movement strategy.  Simple cueing of where to have the arms at the start may be required for individuals to find where their most comfortable starting position is and can be utilized.

Landing - The Sparta system is currently capturing and storing landing data, though that data is currently only analyzed on the back end.  Users are required to land back on the force plate to enable us to further analyze this data to determine reliability and future utility of these metrics.

Error Messages - Different error messages will display if the software detects potential reliability issues. Initially, it is recommended to simply instruct the user to jump again without any specific cueing. If errors continue, the simplest way to address this is by cueing the starting arm position. 

 

Balance Scan

  1. Login to the Sparta Scan App and select the Team
  2. Find and select a user, click on Balance and click Start Scan
  3. Follow the prompts on the screen:
  4. Step on the plate and stand still
  5. When prompted shift to balance on your RIGHT leg (picking up the left) for ~ 10 seconds
  6. Stand still on the plate, when prompted shift to balance on your LEFT leg (picking up the right) for ~ 10 seconds
  7. Repeat this process for a total of two balance trials on each side

 

Notes:

Cueing/Instructing the User - Cueing or instructing the user should be kept simple and focus on the task: "balance as stable as you can on one leg." Simple cueing to ensure that they (1) do not lift their foot until the chime is heard can be utilized.

Right and Left - If the user accidentally begins the a trial on the incorrect leg, it is recommended to simply have the user step off the plate to invalidate the trial, then begin again using the correct side.  There is no way for Admin users to easily switch labels of Right and Left if the test protocol is not followed. 

Error Messages - As discussed previously, different error messages will display if the software detects potential reliability issues. The most common error for the balance test are a result of leaving the plate mid-trial. In order for reliable data to be collected the individual needs to remain in contact with the plate the entire time, not falling off or hopping to regain balance. 

Plank Scan

  1. Login to the Sparta Scan App and select the Team
  2. Find and select a user, click on Plank and click Start Scan
  3. Follow the prompts on the screen:
  4. Step on the plate and stand still
  5. When prompted, step off the plate and get into a push up position with both hands on the plate, feet and hands hip/shoulder width apart
  6. When prompted shift to balance on your RIGHT arm (picking up the left) for ~ 10 seconds
  7. When you hear the tone, drop to your knees and relax, hands can come off the plate
  8. When prompted get back into a push up position with both hands on the plate
  9. When prompted shift to balance on your Left arm (picking up the right) for ~ 10 seconds
  10. Repeat this process for a total of two plank trials on each side

 

Notes:

Cueing/Instructing the User - Cueing or instructing the user should be kept simple and focus on the task: "stay as stable as you can on one arm." Simple cueing to ensure that they do not lift their hand until the chime is heard can be utilized.

Right and Left - If the user accidentally begins the a trial on the incorrect hand, it is recommended to simply have the user completely unload the plate to invalidate the trial, then begin again using the correct side. There is no way for Admin users to easily switch labels of Right and Left if the test protocol is not followed.

Error Messages - As discussed previously, different error messages will display if the software detects potential reliability issues. The most common error for the plank test are a result of leaving the plate mid-trial. In order for reliable data to be collected the individual needs to remain in contact with the plate the entire time.

 

Jump Scan Warm Up Overview

 

 

Jump Scan Warm Up (Full Length)