Motus Global brings biomechanical analysis to football with motusQB 3D sensor
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Biomechanical analysis company Motus Global is now bringing its sensor technology to the gridiron. With the launch of motusQB on Monday, quarterbacks can better understand their workload data, which will enhance their performance, optimize their arm health and identify various risk factors for injury.
Like with its baseball wearable technology, motusQB includes a 3D wearable sensor that records movement data from a quarterback’s throwing arm. It then sends that information to a mobile app for a deeper biomechanical analysis during practice or after a training session.
“We’ve been able to take lessons learned in baseball and create a useful tool for the football community, right out of the gate,” Motus Global CEO Joe Nolan said in a statement. “Of course, we will continue to make improvements based on our users’ needs and suggestions — especially when that feedback is coming from world-class professional and collegiate programs. We’re excited to bring these unique insights and perspectives to quarterbacks of all levels.”
The University of Oregon is one of the first football programs to integrate the new technology with practice. Through Motus’ proprietary algorithm, coaches and trainers can measure acute (weekly average) and chronic (monthly average) workload trends and the amount of stress being placed on a player’s throwing elbow.
When one-week load averages surpass monthly ones, trainers then adjust players’ regimens so they don’t over-exert themselves on the field. Andrew Murray, Director of Performance and Sports Science at Oregon, said that the motusQB wearable product is an “important tool in our toolbox” as they identify trends among their quarterbacks and monitor their workload management.
“To be able to objectively quantify the volume and intensity with minimal intervention is helping us promote data-driven decision making in our athlete management,” he added.