Finding the Best Sport For Your Child
Northern California company Sports Potential is using technology and research to help parents find the best sport to fit their children.
Fourteen year old Julia Saper went through a 90 minute sports performance assessment. It's a series of 32 tests and body measurements.
"Every single individual will have certain talents and certain weaknesses. And most people have no idea what those are," Sports Potential CEO Steve Spinner said.
Spinner and his staff performed the same test on pro, college and Olympic athletes over three years. Their database helps parents find the sport that's a custom fit for their child.
"When you're active, kids don't sit around and eat fatty foods, they feel better about themselves, and their health will be better," Julia's mom Vivian Saper said.
In minutes, the results are downloaded into a computer and families are given a list of recommended sports.
In Julia's case it shows rowing, hockey and softball are her top three.
"I've tried softball before and it just wasn't my sport," Julia said.
Sports Potential tested elite softball players for its database. The tests showed Julia was a near carbon copy of strengths and weaknesses of elite softball pitchers.
"We didn't watch Julia throw a softball, right? But we looked at all the factors that would help build the basis for her to throw a softball at a very high level or at the peak of her ability," Sports Potential Vice President Jim Martin said.
One thing that's not measured but is a big part of the formula is passion, love for the sport. Julia loves volleyball, but she doesn't have much of a vertical jump. Knowing this will enable her to develop her weakness.
"I know that if I really want to become a better volleyball player I still need to work on that and I also know I need to work on my speed," Julia said.
They're not looking for the next Tiger Woods, instead they're using technology and information as the power to sports potential.
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