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UA coach develops app used in NCAA tournament

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The pressure to achieve victory is enormous on college basketball players and their schools. Athletic administrators are always looking for an edge and a University of Arizona coach said he holds the answer in his hands.

"We're not in a lab sitting somewhere and developing software," said University of Arizona assistant strength and conditioning coach Rob Harris. "We're using this in the trenches all the time."

He said before the Spark Motion app, analyzing  athletes' performance was no easy task.

"The systems that were out at the time were immobile, labor-intensive, and they were expensive," Harris said.

So he and four other coaches across the country developed a $10 app with video and drawing functions to capture movements frame by frame and offer feedback on the spot. 

"We can take this on the field. We can take it to the pool.  I can take it anywhere and my athletes can see instantly in their environment what they're doing," Harris said. 

Not only are some teams at the college level,  including those in the NCAA tournament, using this, but coaches in the NFL and the NBA are also taking Spark Motion on the sidelines.

"They get to see the fruits of their labor," Harris said. "All the hard work they put in the off-season they get to see their success in the field."

Harris said he hopes this app will have many other implications, like helping the military and even injured animals. 

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