The Sparta Score is a proprietary algorithm calculated from Load, Explode, and Drive rewarding high magnitudes of force production and balanced, or efficient Movement Signatures. These two concepts identify efficient movers who are at a decreased risk of injury and improved potential for higher performance.
In general think of it on a scale of 100, with 85 (a solid B) being a critical threshold for many performance and injury risk variables. In football, the research shows that for every 2 points increase in Sparta Score the injury percentage decreases by 5% for all positions. As far as being available for battle, we have seen those Running Backs, Linebackers, Tight Ends, and Defensive Backs that have a score above 81 end up playing 21% more games than those below 81.
The Sparta Score will increase as a byproduct of improving each individual’s lowest variable. Obviously, when good training (and regeneration) takes place the Movement Signature will grow in magnitude, but also become more balanced yielding improvements in health and performance. Therefore, using your Sparta Score as a reference point is a great way to see trends both positive and negative.
The chart above gives an example of three different Movement Signatures. As you can see, the Signature with the highest magnitude and relative balance has the highest Sparta Score (92). Meanwhile, the last one on the right has one variable nearly as high as the first athlete, but since there is a lack of efficient force dispersion they have a much lower Sparta Score (77). This makes logical sense, but how does it play out with real-life individuals? Below is a case study from a professional football team:
Why the Sparta Score?
Initially, we were very hesitant to develop a single number score or "algorithm" as we were concerned with whether or not that single number would be useful or trusted, but after consistent feedback from customers, the Sparta Score was eventually developed. This one single number allows for a few key benefits when compared to looking at the full spectrum of data that can be provided from the Jump Scan:
1. It allows us to easily rank individuals and create thresholds for further investigation.
For example, some of our partners utilize specific cutoffs to further evaluate individuals who fall below those thresholds.
2. It allows for better motivation for individuals to improve and focus on movement quality.
Instead of having multiple numbers to understand, an individual end-user can easily interpret and relate to a higher total score being better, even if that means a single value may have gone done. For example in the graphic at the top, if an individual's Drive decreased from 71 they may view that as bad, but if it creates a more efficient mover it is actually good!
The Sparta Score will continue to improve and evolve over time as we continue to collect more data and insights.