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 with 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 indicators. Below are some of the key relationships of Sparta Score and performance by sport/population.
- For NFL LB, RB, TE, & DB shows more games played with HIGHER Sparta Score
- For NFL Combine, HIGHER Sparta Score correlated with better VJ, Broad Jump, 40, 3-Cone, and Short Shuttle
- For MLB Players shows more stolen bases with HIGHER Sparta Score
- For MLB Pitchers shows lower FIP (lower is better) with HIGHER Sparta Score
- For NBA Players shows more minutes played with HIGHER Sparta Score
- For Collegiate Middle Blockers shows more blocks with HIGHER Sparta Score
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 signatures above give 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).
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.