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New technology to help prevent injuries for student athletes

State of the art technology and a potential game-changer for athletes around the nation. Athletes at Samford got a first look at an innovative program that'll help prevent injuries for student athletes.

State of the art technology and a potential game-changer for athletes around the nation. Athletes at Samford got a first look at an innovative program that'll help prevent injuries for student athletes.

ACL injuries are very prominent in sports injury. Assessing athletes in pre participation physicals has always been a challenge. Champion Sports Medicine has developed a program they hope will provide the best treatment an athlete could ask for, when it comes to their performance on the field.

"It's kind of hard to heal something when you don't really have much time to heal it because you always want to keep going, you always want to keep practicing. You just got to fight through every knick and injury and keep going," said Austin Barnard.

Doctors are calling it the first of its kind a 3-D wearable sensor, predicting risk for athletes.

"But more importantly the biomechanical is that we can use to improve athletic performance and reduce injury risks," said Trent Nessler, the National Director of Sports Medicine Innovation at Champion Sports Medicine.

Samford University, is one of the first schools to use this state-of-the-art technology. Something that senior punter, Barnard said is very beneficial and much needed.

"If i do get hurt, i know that we can fall back on this and hopefully get to the point where i get healthy much quicker and prevent me from getting hurt in the future. So, i'm excited," said Barnard.

Based on the results from testing, athletes are assigned to the ACL Play It Safe Program, that is designed to improve the factors that put athletes at risk for ACL injuries and performance issues.

"We found that we not only reduce ACL injuries, but we reduced all lower limb injuries over 58%," said Nessler.

Nessler said the cool part about this device, is that it keeps kids on the field more throughout the season. And when kids get injured, they actually return to the field faster.

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