The Louisiana State Tigers football program makes a strong case for the old “best offense is a good defense” adage.
Last January, a startup called Perch — founded by 3 MIT jocks-cum-entrepreneurs — started sending unsolicited emails to a number of athletics programs asking them to pilot a device created to collect data through velocity-based training. LSU was the first to say “Heeeeey.”
Velocity-based training is a technique that measures bar speed with respect to total weight and reps. This regimen improves power and explosiveness, which is vital to taking down linemen and breaking tackles.
Perch’s device works by aiming a camera — similar to an Xbox Kinect — on top of a weight rack and tracking a player’s movements. Data uploaded to the cloud gives coaches and trainers — and players, who love to one-up one another — real-time feedback on performance.
Also… go team
Three weeks after Perch installed units at LSU’s indoor football facility, Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron said he noticed differences.
“I think our guys are stronger and quicker and faster,” he told the WSJ. He also noted fewer injuries compared with prior years.
Since the LSU pilot, Perch has installed units at Duke University and will do so for NFL, NHL, and MLS teams as well as additional college football programs next year.