Troy University Case Study

Measurable results at the D1 level

Using ViPerform analytics, Troy University’s football and volleyball programs were able to measurably reduce injury rates. After implementing ViPerform technology, Troy’s football team recorded their best seasonal performance in the college’s history, ranking #25 in the nation for the 2016-17 season.

Division 1 Football

Background

Football is one of the highest risk sports for lower extremity, non-contact musculoskeletal injuries. As a collision sport, traditional preventative measures have had little impact on overall injury rates. Research indicates that the majority of injuries in this sport are non-contact in orientation and lower extremity injuries account for more than 75% of those injuries.

Research Goals

  1. Determine if the ViPerform AMI™ can be scaled to efficiently screen 110 D1 football players
  2. Determine if assessing athletes with the ViPerform system and, based on results, assigning them to the ACL Play It Safe program would have an impact on injury rates

Execution

All players on Troy’s football team were assessed using the ViPerform system at the beginning of the season. Based on the results, each player was assigned to a corresponding level for the ACL Play It Safe program. They performed the program exercises three days a week throughout the season. Analytics included:

  1. Comparison of injury data from the previous three years to current intervention period
  2. Comparison of total days on the injury reserve list post-intervention to the previous three years pre-intervention
  3. Comparison of team’s seasonal performance post-intervention to the previous three years pre-intervention performance

Results

The case study measured the following results at the end of the season:

  1. Lowest recordable injury rates in eight years of digital medical data tracking, including:72% decrease in knee injuries
    65% reduction in lumbar spine injuries
    53% reduction in lower leg injuries
    48.5% reduction in ankle injuries
    44% reduction in concussion injuries
    7% decrease in foot injuries
  2. Total days on the injured reserve decreased by 60%
  3. Best seasonal performance in the college’s history and for the first time ever received a national ranking as #25

A 72% decrease in knee injuries in one season

After implementing the approach we use, Troy University’s football team significantly reduced injury rates.

Division 1 Volleyball

Background

Women’s volleyball is considered a high-risk sport for lower extremity, non-contact musculoskeletal injuries. As a ballistic sport, volleyball strength and conditioning coaches often use vertical jump and clean and jerk as performance measures to assess an athlete’s progress as well as performance. Research indicates both of these measures are directly impacted by lower kinetic chain biomechanics.

Research Goals

  1. Determine if assessing athletes with the ViPerform AMI™ and assigning them to a level of the ACL Play It Safe based on the results would have a measurable impact on injury rates at the end of the season
  2. Determine if performing the ACL Play It Safe would have an impact on the performance of the ViPerform AMI™
  3. If athletes improved on ViPerform AMI™ scores, was there a correlation to improvements in the vertical jump and clean & jerk?

Execution

All volleyball players on the women’s team were assessed using the ViPerform AMI™ at the beginning and end of the season. Based on the results of the test, each player was assigned to a level on the ACL Play It Safe program which they performed three days per week throughout the season and during the offseason. Analysis included:

  1. Comparison of injury data from the previous three years to current intervention period
  2. Comparison of individual player’s pre-intervention ViPerform AMI™ scores to post-intervention scores
  3. Comparison of individual player’s pre-intervention performance measures to post-intervention performance measures

Results

Results for this group were as follows:

  1. Non-contact lower kinetic chain injuries (foot, ankle, knee, hip, and low back) were reduced by 60%.
  2. Players experienced an average of 41 point improvement on the ViPerform AMI™ after performing the ACL Play It Safe 3 days per week with an independent t-test P<.001 (sig @ P<.05). Improvements ranged from 21 to 54 points.
  3. Players experienced an average of 1.18-inch increase in VJ from stance (P<.02) and a 30 pound average increase in clean and jerk (P<.01)

To read Trent Nessler’s in-depth analysis of these studies, click here.

The EliteX Factor

With this case study in mind, we’ve created a fully-scalable, experiential screening solution for teams of all sizes at all levels. EliteX 360 has taken a process that traditionally took weeks or months and streamlined it, so we can screen your entire organization in a matter of hours. The process still provides the same in-depth, objective analytics and the customized, actionable reporting and physical therapy consultations that Troy University uses, but in a fraction of the time. That way, you and your team can start experiencing some of the same benefits that Troy University’s sports program achieved. To learn more about our process, click here.

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