Note: reference numbers are clickable links
What are ForceDecks?
Two force platforms that measure vertical force at 1000Hz (data points per second) and allow a user to evaluate key neuromuscular performance characteristics during activities such as the take-off and landing phases of a jump.
When jumps are performed on the platforms, ForceDecks proprietary software provides immediate feedback on key ‘conventional’ markers of performance such as jump height, peak power and force - as well as a range of 'novel' markers of athletic performance and fatigue, such as flight time:contraction time1, eccentric duration2 and asymmetries in the take-off and landing phases.
The platforms can also measure performance and asymmetries in static measures of maximum strength such as isometric mid-thigh pull and posterior chain tests3.
Why force platforms?
Force platform technology gives a much deeper insight into the traditional methods used to profile athletic performance, such as a squat, drop jump or counter-movement jump (CMJ).
When a CMJ is performed on a force platform, for example, in addition to jump height, the technology reveals how the jump was performed through novel force-time variables during and between the concentric and eccentric phases of the jump. These variables are more sensitive markers of neuromuscular status and biomechanical strategies1,2.
Why dual-force platforms?
Like single-force platforms, dual-force platforms can be used to assess strength and power asymmetries in unilateral jump and isometric tests. However, they provide an additional level of intelligence on an athlete’s neuromuscular status by evaluating the force distribution between left and right limbs during double-limb tests. This provides critical information on strength asymmetries and compensatory strategies.
Why use ForceDecks?
The system allows strength and conditioning, medical and sports science practitioners to perform evidence-based tests related to performance, fatigue, injury risk and return-to-play. With a single click, ForceDecks software converts complex force-time data produced by the tests into visualised, easily-interpreted neuromuscular performance metrics.
This allows practitioners to do three critical things:
1) Assess whether adaptions to strength and power training programmes are improving an athlete’s neuromuscular performance - or not
ForceDecks helps you easily acquire, analyse and visualise data on an athlete’s neuromuscular performance that can help you shape training programmes, and provide early warning signs of fatigue. Professionals within elite sport who have used ForceDecks have described the system's impact as “game-changing”.