Catapult Sports has partnered with Prevent Biometrics, as part of a joint collaboration to test technologies together across North America, Europe and Australia.
The cooperative agreement follows the Cleveland Clinic spinoff’s development of the first accurate, real-time system for monitoring athletic head impacts. The partnership expands joint trials the companies conducted with the University of Colorado football team during spring practice this April.
Albert Tsai, Catapult’s Senior Vice President – Global Elite Products commented on the new partnership: “The elite teams we work with globally rely on our wearable data to objectively inform decisions around performance and player well-being, to best ensure that players are available and primed for game day.
“With head impacts being such a topic of current concern, we believe Prevent, with its ability to accurately quantify head impact exposure, will play a key role in complementing the analysis and decision making that our customers perform daily. A combined Catapult and Prevent dataset extends beyond the obvious benefits of simply knowing a player has received a significant head impact. With this data, teams can leverage the relationship between training, performance and head health to work proactively to reduce exposure to head impacts overall.”
As part of the agreement, Catapult and Prevent will outfit designated elite level teams with Catapult’s flagship ClearSky and OpenField athlete wearable tracking technology and Prevent’s Impact Monitor Mouthguard, looking to evaluate athlete performance and head impact data in an integrated manner. Ultimately, the companies have outlined ambitions to provide teams with the clearest understanding of the total demands that are being put on athletes as a result of a combined data set, so they can emphasise wellness and safety while still putting athletes in the best position to compete.
Miguel Rueda, Associate Athletic Director and Head of Sports Performance added: “The Catapult and Prevent systems were jointly tested this spring by the University of Colorado football team.
“As a program, we are highly committed to athlete safety and in particular, we want to be proactive around head brain health. The Prevent system gives our staff continuous and thorough head impact data for every athlete. Combining the Prevent and Catapult data sets and workflows holds exciting potential.”