UVA professors Craig Meyer, Silvia Blemker and Joe Hart brought unique skill sets to startup company Springbok Analytics. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)
A few years ago, a University of Virginia football player believed his injured hamstring had healed sufficiently and that he was ready to return to action.
All of the current medical evidence supported his thinking.
However, when UVA professors Silvia Blemker, Craig Meyer and Joe Hart put data from the magnetic resonance imaging into their proprietary software they found cause for concern. The team detected a giant knot of scar tissue that may have, sooner than later, proved problematic for the player. Further, they found several muscles surrounding the scar had been significantly affected by the injury, posing great potential risk for the player.
Such highly precise technology can help assure a safe return to action and, hopefully, keep injuries from recurring..to read more.