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ENERGIZE
sports performance testing & research Institute

HUMAN PERFORMANCE
ANALYSIS LAB

WHAT IS ENERGIZE?

WHAT IS ENERGIZE?

  Energize Sports Performance Testing is a place to find answers to questions so many athletes have as to why they are not improving as quickly as others, why they keep getting injured, or what they need to do to get better.  The Energize sports performance human analysis testing facility has over 75 unique testing devices that are able to accurately measure over 500+ specific measurement metrics within an athletes body. 

It is the mission at Energize to help athletes jump higher, run faster and perform better by using all of the best science backed technology proven to help performance. 

A few of the recent sports related training issues Energize has uncovered recently are:


The science behind mental toughness or mental fatigue (neurotoxin build up in the brain)
Coaches always talk about mental toughness, but until now nobody in sports performance knew how to explain what it was or how to measure it.  Energize testing developed a specific test using light reaction and by charting the athletes reaction speed performance based on the complexity of the test we uncovered that athletes could reach their peak reaction speeds in under 3 minutes and some athletes could only maintain peak performance for between 15-20 minutes but others were less than 5-10 minutes.   Mental fatigue primarily sets in when neurological pathways in the brain begin to heat up from overuse triggering the body to release neurotoxins that help to protect these same neuro pathways from getting damaged.  When these neurotoxins build up reaction times are slowed, mistakes happen and the risk of injury increases.  Using Energize testing we are able to quantify the physical time for mental fatigue to set in and performance begins to lag.  This test may be able to help coaches determine each athlete’s playing time and possibly reduce mistakes or injuries during competition. 

(Free Team Demonstrations Available)
 
The science behind mind / muscle connection as it relates to muscle strength training
Strength trainers always teach athletes about the mind/muscle connection that exists, but had no way to show athletes how important it actually is regarding lifting, but now it can be demonstrated and tested.  Energize tested athletes using (EMG) electrical muscle output sensor and charted the results of the athletes when they just lifted weights vs. having them concentrate on the muscle they were trying to make stronger while they lifted and we identified large differences.   By creating a mind/muscle connection we uncovered that with each repetition and the athletes deeper concentration, that the electrical output increased until there was a significant difference of around 25%-35% output efficiency. That same neurological path used to send the electrical impulse to trigger the muscle to react from the brain can be intensified with deep concentration with 30% more juice.  EMG testing may help make athletes get stronger in less time and help reduce injuries from muscle overload or muscle fatigue while still maximizing and increasing muscle strength. 

(Free Team Demonstrations Available)
 
How to coach a more cerebral athlete that thinks too much.
Every coach has had a player that in practice was lights out, but never shined as brightly during competition, but maybe it was because the athlete was a more cerebral minded athlete.  Energize tested athletes reaction times using light testing and once we isolated their peak performance times we then distracted their brain using strobe glasses in the first test comparison and then added headphones blasting crowds cheering in their ears with the strobe glasses.  The test results indicated that a more cerebral athlete in general
had the naturally quicker reaction times, but they rapidly became the worst reaction times once their brain got distracted and decisions still needed to be made.   While naturally gifted athletes were almost un-phased at all and decision making skills and reaction speeds changed very little or not at all.  We believe that a lot athletes performance issues reside in the brains ability to process information, cope with new surroundings and situations.  The brain of natural athlete looks for any way around a potential defender and then reacts, with a dam the consequences attitude while cerebral athletes brains look for the best way around a defender comparing each of the potential options in their mind and then chooses the best option which of course slows down reaction times.  To put this in perspective a naturally gifted athlete that plays quarterback will likely throw more interceptions regardless of how much time the offensive line protects him because they just react, because they are acting on instincts vs a cerebral athlete playing quarterback whom will throw far less interceptions but will have a higher likelihood to be sacked, because their brain took to long comparing the options to make a decision. This test may help coaches come up with better ways to train cerebral athletes as well as identify the best times and situations to put players in the game. 

(Free Team Demonstrations Available)

muscle imbalances hold back performance & Increase Injury

An athletes body is only as strong as its weakest muscle.  Most athletes and coaches are unfamiliar with how scientifically the muscles actually work together to lift or move a load.  When an athlete squats 200lbs there are dozens of muscles that join together to help them complete the set and which muscles the brain recruits is primarily decided by their strength, reliability, fatigue level and injury history in just about that order.  So without even knowing, an athlete could be strengthening his right quad and left hamstring with each squat repetition creating a huge imbalance.  This will most likely lead to an injury during competition when a powerful movement is performed and the stronger muscle exerts so much force that it will strain or injure the adjoining weaker muscle.  Muscle imbalance is one of the leading causes of muscle strains and muscle injuries in sports competitions.  Energize has developed a complete muscle mapping process using muscle biofeedback to help athletes identify weaker or under performing muscles and train out of the body these imbalances.     

​(Free Team Demonstrations Available)

 

 

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