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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Falcons getting more technical with training

By Vaughn McClure

The Atlanta Falcons are looking at every minor detail to help improve themselves for next season.

On Wednesday, the team announced a partnership with Sparta Software, Corp. to develop an enhanced athletic performance program.

“We feel that partnering with Dr. Phil Wagner and Sparta Software, Corporation will enhance our athletic performance program and benefit our football team,” said Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “We are always looking for ways to take our training program to the next level and Sparta will help us develop detailed individual workout programs. We understand the importance of having our players reach their full potential and remain in top physical condition during a long and arduous season, and this partnership will assist us in becoming a highly effective sports performance model.”

The new software, SpartaTrac, will allow the Falcons to monitor player fatigue and injury risk as well as maximizing players' off-field preparation. According to information released by the team, the software, coupled with force plate testing, will allow the club to conduct in-depth player analysis and position specific comparisons to help the team build a database of individualized information to maximize player performance.

"It's exciting to partner with a franchise like the Falcons and help them continue their tradition of excellence,” said Sparta Software Corporation founder Dr. Phil Wagner, MD. “This partnership shows the Falcons' commitment to using science and leading-edge technology to stay competitive in the NFL. In a league where the average career is so short, SpartaTrac will help the Falcons draft players who show potential for long and productive careers. Because SpartaTrac is so precise, it will help the team make position specific decisions and keep players healthy.''

The biggest step for the Falcons in terms of improvement, however, involves bolstering the roster through free agency and the draft.