From keeping Kobe Bryant injury free through his final days in Los Angeles to consumer app integration and a myriad of professional and collegiate partnerships, Fusionetics has consistently increased its reach since its inception in 2013. Adding to its roster of impressive national partners, Fusionetics has announced that it will strengthen its partnership with the largest youth sports organization in the country: U.S. Youth Soccer.
A Partnership Is Born between Fusionetics and U.S. Youth Soccer
The partnership between Fusionetics and the youth soccer giant will aim to keep the 50,000 young soccer players who leave the sport each year due to injury on the field. Dr. Michael Clark, founder and CEO of Fusionetics, said, “With more youth athletes playing soccer every year, it is essential they be provided with the best tools and technology to succeed.” The entire roster – players and coaches on each member club – will have the ability to participate in the evidence-based movement assessments, as well as corrective performance and recovery programming. At select U.S. Youth Soccer events around the country, testing will include a movement assessment paired with personalized programming and treatment.
“Last year, our U.S. Youth Soccer National League teams went through Fusionetics testing and the feedback was tremendous,” said Chris Moore, CEO of U.S. Youth Soccer. “This summer, the top 96 teams in the country will share in the experience at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas, and then we look forward to rolling out this great program nationwide.”
Making an Elite Technology Available to Young Athletes
The move by Fusionetics points not only to a more widespread acceptance of deploying technology in the sports world, but to the acceptance among youth athletes and their parents. Not long ago, this technology would have been reserved for elite athletes and their trainers and would have been inaccessible to youth soccer players. Today – with applications such as injury prevention for youth soccer players and better yet accessible injury prevention – Fusionetics is changing the game.
What can we expect to see following moves like this? As parents across the country are exposed to this technology, some may adopt it for their own lives. The children’s exposure to the technology could lead to a certain level of expectation when joining other youth sports leagues. (But, Mom, the soccer league has Fusionetics!) A flurry of third-party integration apps could hit the market to compile Fusionetics data with on-field statistics. Will college coaches want to see the data prior to making big recruiting decisions? As with any new technology, the consequences, positive and negative, will largely be unknown for now. At its most basic level though, preventing injuries in youth athletes and keeping more involved in the sport for longer is a trend that will hopefully rise to the top.
This article originally appeared in Sport Techie.