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A Slovenian company has developed the first connected isometric muscular asymmetry measurement device for mass use in fitness. It measures peak torque and muscular asymmetry which is crucial for proper planning of performance training and rehabilitation to prevent injuries or speed up recovery. Partners from Italy are sought for commercial agreements with technical assistance or technical cooperation agreements.
Biomechanical measurements of muscle strength are crucial for proper planning of performance training and rehabilitation in order to prevent injuries or speed up recovery. Currently, biomechanical measuring such as peak torque and muscular asymmetry is reserved for clinics or expensive training facilities for professionals. Fitness centers generally do not use biomechanical measuring because they lack the knowledge and financial resources. Recreationists are left with no objective measuring available at a reasonable price. The consequence of this are frustrated runners reaching a plateau in performance or, more problematically, suffer injuries causing otherwise perfectly healthy people to take a long leave to cure, e.g., a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) (a big burden for EU healthcare). For example, the strength of the knee-flexors and knee-extensor significantly affects the dynamic stabilization of the knee in most sports activities (skiing, football, tennis). The best tool for assessing and monitoring muscle strength are isometric measurements.
A Slovenian company has developed the first connected isometric muscular asymmetry measurement device for mass use - compact in size and price (targeting every wellness/fitness center). It measures peak torque and muscular asymmetry which is crucial for proper planning of performance training and rehabilitation. It prevents injuries and speeds up recovery. Data is gathered in the cloud and analyzed automatically (planned) or on-demand by the Company’s experts. The technology is disruptive and eliminates the financial (and knowledge) barrier for fitness centers to bring their services on a new level. The benefit for the end-user is in getting a premium service – measurement, analysis and exercise planning that would otherwise not be affordable.
The company is a start-up based on 20 years of experience in operating a private rehabilitation center. The center used a homemade isometric peak torque and muscular asymmetry measuring device to make data-driven decisions for rehabilitation. It was mostly used for rehabilitation after ACL ruptures for both lay people and Olympic medalists.
Fitness and welness centers in Italy are sought for commercial agreements with technical assistance or technical cooperation agreements. Also partners which are offering services and technical support to fitness, sport, welness or rehabilitation centers are sought that could act as sales representatives. Possible partners could also be sport and medical faculties and research centers.
The partners sought should have interest in acquisition of the isometric muscular asymmetry measurement devices to be installed in their facilities in order to provide new added value services to their customers or for research experiments in sport and medical faculties and research centers. The Slovenian company will provide all necessary expert support of the partner in setting up the devices and providing the training of the partner’s employees to be able to analyse the measured data and provide services to the customers. Further collaboration with joint development and customization of the devices based on the users’ feedback and testing of possible new business models will be highly appreciated.
The main advantages and innovations of the proposed solution are:
• small and cheaper isometric muscular asymmetry measurrement device with automatic remote data analysis as opposed to bulky and costly isokinetic measuring in hospitals or pricey and mid-sized in rehabilitations centers.
• eliminates the entry barriers (financial and knowledge) of biomechanical measurements for fitness centers
• with functionality of the new device and with tele-medicine like services the fitness center can become a data-driven training facility
• connectivity enables innovative, subscription-based revenue models
The prototype is being used and tested in our daily practice offering biomechanical measurements in Slovenia. It works locally and consists of a chair-like mechanical construction (retrofited leg-extension machine), electronics connecting sensor to laptop and the company's own dedicated software). The technology stack used makes the device cloud-ready.
Ideally the future partner is fitness or welness center. Possible partners could also be the sport and medical faculties and research centers or companies offering services, equipment and technical support to fitness, sport, welness or rehabilitation centers.
Task to be performed by the new partner is the installation of the new
isometric muscular asymmetry measurement devices in the fitness/welness/rehabilitation facilities and to run new added value services for their customers. The measuring protocol is simple to administer. Based on the data obtained, the Slovenian company will prepare the analysis of the data and assist in training programme preparation (tailored to the customer’s needs, e.g. injury prevention, rehabilitation, performance improvement). Ideally, the partner should be active in recruiting clients willing to undertake measurement.
The planning, installation, setting up the devices, customization, training of the partner’s employees, will be supported by the Slovenian company. There is also a scope for technical cooperation agreements and joint development and customization of the devices based on the users’ feedback and testing of possible new business models.