How One High School Reduced Head-Impacts by 29%
The Mount Si Football program identified a need for the 2018 season that more was required to reduce head-impact exposure for their student-athletes. Partnering with Athlete Intelligence, Mount Si Football was able to use impact data to identify which athletes we’re at the greatest risk through tackling/blocking improperly, those taking the most quantity of head-impacts, and which players were experiencing the hardest hits in both games and practice. Through automated daily and weekly reports highlighting impact data and trends, the Athletic Training and Coaching staff leveraged the data gathered and now had a supporting tool to make necessary adjustments within their program where it mattered most.
Using the information accessible from Athlete Intelligence’s automated reports, when the Coaches received their first breakdown they noticed the top 5 athletes taking the most amount of crown of head impacts were their freshman linemen. Through the next week, the Coaches worked specifically with those linemen on particular drills to get their head and hands up quickly, thus removing the crown of head from contact. When the Coaches received their next weekly report, they noticed a 29% reduction of crown of head impacts for their linemen, thus highlighting proper technique being used.
The data from Athlete Intelligence brought awareness to key performance indicators on how Coaches and Athletic Trainers can use practice data to identify new training opportunities within their team and position groups. The reports provided the staff with validation that what was being taught by the coaches, was now being used by the athletes. Being able to have impact data on every athlete created a new foundation to monitor and manage each athlete’s exposure, as well as use the key indicators on where Coaching staff can help athletes perform better, while performing more safe.
Mt. Si football finished the 2018 season with a 10-2 record is and currently ranked 6th in the state of Washington