By Sarah English Coggins
Project SAMson at Samford University recently received a $1 million grant. The program seeks to marshal the finest resources available in sports medicine and increase in human performance. Project SAMson is harnessing the power of data analytics so that all Samford athletes have the best available equipment and training regimen.
Project SAMson is a newly launched combined initiative of Samford University, Samford University Athletics, Andrew Sports Medicine, American Sports Medicine Institute, Samford University’s Brock School of Business and the Center for Sports Analytics. This project will capture real-time data on all 385 student athletes which will be used in evaluation and the treatment of sports induced injuries.
In addition to the benefits to athletes, Project SAMson is aiming to create learning opportunities for all students involved. Polar wearable GPS monitors will be provided for all men’s and women’s athletes at Samford University to track their sleep patterns, athletic performance and day-to-day actions so as to provide better insight into the operation of athletes. This will also allow students who are studying sports medicine to learn all aspects of sports performance and the latest developments in sports technology.
The GPS monitors will be able to capture how exercises athletes perform will translate to their performance on the field. A never before seen take on daily monitors has begun; data is being collected and will be transferred to improve the entire athletic department at Samford University. Through the creation of this project, all athletes will be able to achieve higher goals of performance and growth.