Using Valor as the All-in-One Movement Assessment Tool
Athletes regularly practice on the court, field, or pitch with the hope of improving their skills. However, motion training originates in one place: the gym. Strength and conditioning coaches have long been searching for a tool that helps their athletes with injury prevention and performance optimization, specifically a way to understand an athlete’s movement before they even step into an actual game. Luckily, Valor, our 4D movement assessment tool, is exactly what they have been hoping for.
Functioning as a completely wireless motion capture suit, Valor works to capture and analyze movement in any location. Without constraints, athletes and clients can easily put on a Valor suit and perform mobility assessments that their coaches have crafted for them on the mobile app. To learn more about Valor’s software and our app’s features, read our other blog here.
On the Brave app, coaches can create custom mobility assessments that will measure and analyze certain movements they believe will help determine how to improve their athletes’ overall movement. In seconds, analytics and graphs will display on the screen of the Brave app detailing joint kinematics, piecing together an athlete’s range of motion.
These customizable mobility assessments allow coaches to pick and choose which movements they would like their athletes to perform, and within those movements, pick which joints they would like to see data on for that specific movement or exercise. As they conduct these movement assessments on athletes, they will be able to then tell how prepared a given athlete is to play a certain type of sport. In a conversation with Dhyey Parikh, Brave’s COO, he emphasized the importance of figuring out an athlete’s range of motion, flexibility, and stability before they even begin playing a sport.
“For example, if a baseball player’s internal hip rotation is not up to par — which you can figure out through these movement assessments with Valor — it means they probably won’t have that level of explosiveness that is needed when trying to do a swing or throw,” said Dhyey.
As coaches and trainers recognize that the root problem of their athletes’ ability to perform their best lies in a limited range of motion, they will turn to initial mobility assessments to tell them the story behind how an athlete moves.
The Importance of Movement Assessments
Brave’s long-time partner, Aaron Corwin, Director of Strength and Conditioning at D-BAT Lewisville first realized about a year ago that if he could understand how someone was moving in the weight room, he could then understand how they would move in a game.
“For athletes to increase their performance on the field, they need to improve movement in the gym first. They need to improve their neuromuscular efficiency,” said Aaron.
Since then, Aaron has been working with Brave to co-create Valor. With his feedback, these custom motion assessments have been designed and implemented into Valor’s software.
For coaches and trainers who want high-quality motion capture at their fingertips, Valor gives you the ability to fundamentally understand movement across the entire body. Do you want to see data you have never seen before in your training sessions? Contact us here for a demo of Valor.
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Written and edited by Julia Duarte. Julia is a third year at the University of Virginia, intending to study Global Public Health and English. She’s interested in world-changing technologies that make an impact on humanity on a global scale. Driven by her passion for writing, she helps Brave spread their message: motion capture made accessible. In her free time, she enjoys journaling and watching episodes of The Blacklist.