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Fox Sports Network Chooses Tekscan Pressure Mapping Technology

March 18, 2010


Fox Sports Network has selected Tekscan pressure mapping technology to help uncover sports' biggest myths on sports science.


Sports Science answers long-standing questions that exist in the athletic world.


Theories are tested using professional athletes in a sports laboratory that houses the most advanced scientific equipment. After data is collected and analyzed, the answers are revealed.


Tekscan's pressure mapping systems are used by prominent universities, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and corporations around the world to measure pressure in a variety of applications. Officials with Tekscan said that the company’s products provide accurate and reliable force and pressure measurements within a variety of different applications.


Company officials said that in several episodes, Tekscan's F-Scan system was used to collect and analyze data.


"When looking for the latest technology in force measurement, Tekscan was an obvious choice. The F-Scan system allowed us to have athletes perform as usual, with little or no wires attached”, said Cindy Bir, PhD of Wayne State University, and a biomechanist that collected and analyzed data for the show,in a statement.


“We weren't limited to the distance that they could go, which is ideal when working with top athletes," said Bir.


The F-Mat add-on sensor to the F-Scan was used in an episode to determine the force of a baseball player when running into a wall to make a catch, and at what point the force would cause an injury.


Company officials said that Tekscan's Grip system was used in one episode to measure the force of a football in the hands of a player trying to block a kick to that of blocked kick by a soccer goalie.


The Grip system measured and recorded the dynamic pressures and forces of the player's hands and fingers - data that would otherwise be unseen by the naked eye.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard