ForceDecks Force platforms measure force at 1000Hz when a user performs static and dynamic actions. At the click of a button, the ForceDecks software then provides feedback on key metrics related to muscle performance, injury risk and/or rehabilitation progress. Giving information such as jump height, peak power and force – as well as a range of ‘novel’ markers of athletic performance, fatigue and rehab progress such as flight time, contraction time, eccentric duration and asymmetries in the take-off and landing phases.
The platforms can also measure performance and asymmetries in static measures of maximum strength such as isometric mid-thigh pull and posterior chain tests.
ForceDecks’ flagship force platform, each one contains 4 x highly accurate load cells with a combined capacity of 2,000 kg and ultimate overload of 6,000 kg, while a 25mm aluminium top plate provides high levels of stiffness and a unique, custom-designed amplifier board ensures exceptional signal clarity and noise reduction, resulting in a measuring accuracy of > 99.95%.
The FD4000s were originally built to meet the requirements of the English Institute of Sport, and ForceDecks is now the most popular force platform system across the EPL, NBA and NFL. FD4000s can be used freestanding or embedded into lifting platforms or floors.
Dimensions: per plate w: 350mm x l. 700mm x h: 78mm (or 82mm with optional 4mm baseplate)
Weight: 23kg per platform (46kg per pair)
Sampling Rate: upto 1000Hz
Capacity: 2,000 kg (500kg per load cell)
Measuring Range: 0 – 1,000kg (Fz only]
Resolution: c.30g/0.3 N
Linearity & Hysteresis: <0.05% over calibrated range
Electrical Power: Output 24V from supplied 90-264V PSU
Connectivity: USB(NB: only 1 x USB required to connect both Sensor Plates).
The system allows strength and conditioning, medical and sports science practitioners to perform evidence-based tests related to performance, fatigue, injury risk and return-to-play allowing them to:
1) Assess whether adaptions to strength and power training programmes are improving an athlete’s neuromuscular performance – or not.
2) Improve management of athlete workload and fatigue by assessing a range of markers of their response to competition and training.
3) Identify strength and impulse asymmetries, and compensatory strategies which are associated with prior injury and potentially increase the risk of further injury.
ForceDecks was the first software package specifically designed to meet the needs of S&C and sports medicine professionals. At the click of a button, ForceDecks provides feedback on key metrics related to performance, injury risk and/or rehabilitation progress including jump height, peak power and concentric and eccentric impulse – and a range of ‘novel’ markers of athletic performance, fatigue and rehab progress such as flight time, contraction time, eccentric duration, eccentric RFD and asymmetries in the take-off and landing phases.
ForceDecks software is also explicitly designed for dual force platform systems which generate an additional level of intelligence on athletes’ neuromuscular status by evaluating left-right force distribution across the different phases of double limb tests, providing critical information
on strength asymmetries and compensatory strategies.
ForceDecks’ latest application FD Jump! provides live rep-by-rep results on performance variables, referenced to their historical values for immediate feedback on historical trends.
FD Jump! also supports new features like multiplatform testing from a single dashboard, and multiple athletes and/or test types in a single recording session – cutting even more time from your testing procedures.
ForceDecks Leaderboard gives athletes immediate feedback on their test performance alongside their previous results and displays alltime and daily top 10 tables for the team for any parameter – enhancing athlete engagement in the competitive environment.
“The auto-recognition of tests and movements – along with the ability to longitudinally track athlete performance – has changed the way we can perform our assessment package. Due to intuitive system, more S&C coaches in more sports are undertaking these strength assessments, allowing more coaches to make better informed programming and coaching decisions.”
Michelle Pearson, Head of S&C, English Institute of Sport
“The ForceDecks system is a perfect fit for Saracens, and has rapidly become an important part of our screening, monitoring and performance programmes. The software is intuitive, fast and customisable, and generates a great amount of information to help us better understand the physical qualities of our players on an individual level.”
Paddy Hogben, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Saracens RFC