Catapult has been working extensively on a unique collaboration with East Tennessee State University and their new Center of Excellence, the only true sports science institution in the United States.
Utilizing a Sports Performance Enhancement Consortium that was created between the kinesiology and athletic departments, with the purpose of enhancing coaching and athletic performance, ETSU students will learn theoretical aspects of training and then get to apply their knowledge on Division 1 athletes.
This is a valuable relationship for Catapult, who has recently made great strides within the US, as the goal for the students at ETSU is to graduate with practical experience using and implementing athlete tracking technology. This will assist them when applying for Sports Scientist positions with sports teams around the world, and their knowledge of the technology will put them in a great position to take advantage of upcoming US-based positions with Catapult.
Ethan Owens, a Sports Scientist based in Catapult’s Atlanta office and an ETSU alumni, believes the relationship to be beneficial for both parties and is excited about where it is heading.
“As ETSU continues to foster quality sport science in America, we are excited to have the Catapult system integrated into the curriculum at ETSU,” Owens said.
“This will serve these students well as they begin to look for jobs in the field. Being able to use Catapult technology will increase their chances of getting jobs because of the training and application they’ve done with Catapult to enhance athlete performance.”
Catapult is the most advanced athlete monitoring system in the world. It measures such events as impacts, acceleration, and movement through GPS. All of the measurements can be followed in real-time and coaches can receive reports on players in seconds.
As a Sport Scientist for ETSU’s men’s soccer team and a doctoral student in ETSU’s sport physiology and performance program, Howard Gray is well aware of the benefits of using Catapult.
“This technology is the best in the world when it comes to tracking athletic movement,” Gray said. “Using Catapult, we can measure speed, distance, acceleration, deceleration and orientation of the body, as well as the impact from jumping, landing and hitting that occurs during contact sports.”
ETSU launched the nation’s first doctoral program in sport physiology and performance in 2010. The program is integrated with the ETSU Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education, which oversees the new U.S. Olympic Training Center for weightlifting.
Though many major sports teams around the world are already using Catapult, ETSU will be the first university in the US to implement the training and use of the device into its curriculum.
“ETSU is internationally acknowledged for its sport science and sport performance program,” Owens said. “The students who graduate from this elite program will be able to share their expertise with and with other coaches and athletes across the nation. This partnership will increase the employment opportunities of the students graduating from this program.”
“We pride ourselves on assisting the training of athletes. At ETSU, we’re able to not only enhance athlete performance, but also enhance the education of ETSU students in the kinesiology department.”