Florida State University football, reigning BCS National Champions and longest-serving Catapult client in the United States, have been named our 2014 Athlete Performance Program of the Year.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Vic Viloria accepted the award prior to FSU’s season-opening win against Oklahoma State University in Dallas.
Viloria praises Catapult for the ability to validate what he’s never been able to prove before.
“If I take two guys with different body types out on the field, well, shit - the same workload is going to be a lot more stress on one than the other,” Viloria said.
“We knew it before, we just couldn’t prove it.”
Viloria and his team, including former NASA rocket scientist Chris ‘Rocket Man’ Jacobs, understand the benefits of the data for injury prevention.
“Each individual player can only sprint for so long. Beyond that, it’s no longer speed. It’s not cardio or endurance either, because they’re exceeding the heart rate zone you want them to be in. At the end of the day, if you get rid of that, you get rid of a lot of potential injury.
“We were able to peak damn near every week because we had all the data coming back.”
Using Catapult for the longest period of any team in the US, the Seminoles have integrated it seamlessly in to their winning culture.
“The first year, when the data didn’t really make sense, I was the typical bonehead. I began to think that I didn’t need the computer to tell me how to do my job. The second year, I thought it was OK. Now, I feel really bad for the teams that don’t have it. It’s gonna extend careers - and save kids’ lives.
“There’s no more arguing. I don’t have to be the typical strength coach. I give them a number and show them where they should be. It gives them some ownership. It’s their body”.