Innovative new therapies use stem cells and other biological tools to help athletes regenerate damaged tissue to recover from injuries faster, slow or reverse the effects of overuse in joints, and extend their playing careers.
Profile: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine
Community, Entrepreneurship, Health Innovation, Research and Academics
Profile: University of Minnesota Wearable Technology Lab
A new class of athletic clothing is on the horizon: Advanced wearable technology that can work with the human body to aid in sports performance, recovery and rehabilitation.
Community, Health Innovation, Research and Academics, Sports Tech
TheraTec has developed a specialized internet-connected platform designed just for physical therapists and their patients to help therapists efficiently monitor and motivate patients, and help patients stay on tract and do their therapy correctly.
Community, Health Innovation, Sports Tech
Trend: Fueling The Athlete
Athletes put as much thought into what goes in their bodies as their gear. Nutrition is a key building block of performance, and Twin Cities businesses and researchers are identifying how to fuel athletes even better, while taking advantage of the region’s assets as a national leader in the food manufacturing and agriculture industries to help them innovate and bring new ideas forward.
ASIYA has created a sport hijab for female Muslim athletes, blending religious tradition with hi-tech athleticwear.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Community, Entrepreneurship
When Justin Kaufenberg and Carson Kipfer were developing SportsEngine, the Minneapolis-based youth sports management and administration platform, they didn’t have to go far to get ideas for features.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Entrepreneurship, Health Innovation, Sports Tech
Profile: Player’s Health
Tyrre Burks knows how injuries can change the trajectory of a football player’s career. A wide receiver at Winona State University, his talents allowed him to become part of the elite 1.9 percent of NCAA football players go on to play the sport professionally.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Entrepreneurship, Sports Tech, Venture Capital
Profile: The U.S. Pond Hockey Championship
Fly over Minneapolis’ Lake Nokomis in late January and you’ll be greeted by an astounding sight: over a quarter million square feet of ice cleared to form 25 rinks, each hosting a chivalrous game of pond hockey where love of sport and pride in team dominate.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Entrepreneurship
Trend: New Approaches in Youth Sports
Youth sports are at a crossroads. While popular in the U.S. there are concerning trends that show an overall trend towards less participation, fewer kids continuing with sports, and a corresponding increase in sedentary children.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Community, Sports Tech, Trends
Profile: Prevent Biometrics
Prevent Biometrics has invested a revolutionary impact-sensing mouth-guard, networked to a coaches app and feeding data into a centralized database, to better identify those who have sustained hits and concussions so they can be treated correctly.
Health Innovation, Research and Academics, Sports Tech, Venture Capital
Profile: WSI Sportswear
Eagan-based WSI is a leading manufacturer of cold-weather sports gear – including that worn by the Minnesota Vikings and many other NFL teams. They’ve built a niche in the sports world.
Entrepreneurship, Health Innovation, Sports Tech
Trend: Big Data in Sports
The playing of sports generates tremendous amounts of data -and that data has great value for those who can capture and deliver it in useful ways. Find out how media, social media sites, fantasy sports and medicine are using big data in unique ways.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Entrepreneurship, Sports Tech, Trends
Trend: Concussion Research
Concussions are a major topic in contact sports, especially football, from youth leagues all the way up to the pros. Several leaders in the field have established themselves in Minnesota, and are working together to have a positive impact on players, kids and society.
Amateur/Youth Sports, Sports Tech, Trends
Profile: Starting 11
The worlds most popular sport has a popular new fantasy app called Starting 11 – and it was developed in Minnesota, far from soccer’s core markets.