You’ve watched your favorite NFL player ride the bench because of a nagging injury or taken your sister, son, or self to the doctor one too many times after sports practices and games gone awry. College athletes suffered over 1 million injuries in the U.S. between 2009 and 2014, and the statistics depicting professional sports injuries are even more painful.
At the same time, the sports world certainly has access to big data to strategize and improve athletes’ training and subsequent performance. Professional sports franchises are dumping money into tech to track variables for athletes. Yet, the disconnect between sports medicine (injuries) and sports science (performance enhancement) persists and threatens to continue stunting athletic ambitions and keeping related health costs high.
Important to understand is that mass amounts of medical and performance data do no good if unable to produce information that sports medicine physicians and scientists, teams and coaches, and athletes themselves can use. A Washington Post article explained,
“After all, it’s one thing to generate a lot of data, it’s another thing entirely to find the needle in the haystack and then make the recommendation actionable.”
Lucky for athletes and their diehard fans, devoted coaches, and fearful parents and loved ones, Human Performance Integrated Systems is piloting its web-based platform that integrates medical data and performance data and provides performance and health predictions. HPI Systems is a 1776 startup member and took some time to share more about its product and exciting company developments.
HPI Systems founder Andres Angulo is inspiringly passionate about his startup’s tool, which he first had the idea for about a decade ago during his long tenure working as an endurance coach with high-performance athletes. Angulo holds a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering and is currently working toward another in exercise physiology in addition to growing HPI Systems’ business. Unsurprisingly, his education and work background give him a well-informed view of what’s going on both on and off the field.
As a coach, Angulo wanted to track a ton of variables beyond training time and exercise intensity that he knew impacted athletic performance: exercise exertion, quality of sleep, motivation, blood tests, other bio work, etc. No system was available then to consolidate all that data in one place, fully integrated, with actionable diagnoses. So, Angulo built his own tool to track his athletes’ data, but even though his primitive system was helpful, it wasn’t scalable because of how customized his version was.
Now, the system is ready to scale and is entering the game on the ground level as few competitors, if any, are making the exact same combination of features available or using the same computer science tools. He walked through how HPI Systems’ key differentiators are that it uses predictive models and algorithms, is easily customized and adapted to specific needs, and embeds scientific intellectual property into the system also to meet those specific needs. So, in addition to consolidating all the available medical and performance data on one platform, HPI Systems allows coaches, doctors, and scientists to customize it based on individual needs.
With two pilots starting up to further perfect its platform, HPI Systems will also continue researching and talking to sports teams for its customer discovery phase. The team is currently working on the statistical methods to uncover the relationships between variables that otherwise might go unnoticed as well as the algorithms to predict performance and injuries to up prevention measures at the individual level.
Additionally, Angulo wants to apply new technologies to collect biometric data in non-invasive ways down the line. Angulo stated that HPI Systems has a brilliant team that has helped tremendously already and will continue to provide support as the company takes critical steps during such a fast-paced, innovative window of opportunity. Angulo excitedly said,
“Before our eyes, we’re going to see the evolution of digital health exploding in this area.”
As it stands, HPI Systems’ platform saves time, increases accuracy and quality of data, and consolidates data to eliminate other systems. Angulo expressed that the time is now for a tool like HPI Systems’, which is breaking down tech barriers through its cross-platform integration, and thanks to developments in software and hardware and technological advances, bringing the lab costs down.