WHAT ARE FORCEDECKS?
ForceDecks are two force platforms that measure vertical force at 1000Hz (data points per second). They 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, fatigue and rehab progress.
The platforms can also measure performance and asymmetries in static measures of maximum strength such as isometric mid-thigh pull and posterior chain tests.
The FD4000 is our flagship hardware product. These platforms have a 2-tonne capacity originally built to meet the requirements of the English Institute of Sport, and they are now the most popular force platform in the English Premier League. They are relatively large with each plate having a 350mm x 700mm surface area, and can be used freestanding or embedded into lifting platforms or floors.
Much like the larger FD4000 system, the FDLite consists of a pair of force platforms, allowing evaluation of force asymmetries alongside bilateral force, velocity, impulse and power measurements. Offers a significant reduction in size and weight over the FD4000, so ideal for users who require a system for travel or for easy movement on and off boxes and around the gym for diverse lower and upper body isometric tests. FDLite maintains the levels of accuracy and durability that are the hallmark of ForceDecks.
ForceDecks software – unique automatic detection of the type of tests being performed, single click instant analysis and feedback on a customisable list of variables streamlines workflow, and saves practitioners and athletes valuable time. Trends can then be easily visualised within the software and results or raw data exported as excel for further analysis or visualisation in other software. The software not only works with the ForceDecks platforms, but also with hardware from suppliers such as AMTI, Bertec, Kistler and Pasco – so organisations who have already invested in force platform technology can adopt ForceDecks without needing to purchase new hardware.