As more and more athletic teams are purchasing dual x-ray absorptiometer (DXA) to measure body composition on their athletes, they realize how much valuable data a DXA scanner can produce, much more, in fact, than any other body composition measurement system. These new DXA users recognize that they need some sort of management, analytic and report generator to get the most out of their new DXA scanner. DexalyticsTM is a powerful software tool that custom builds an individual and team database so teams can manage, analyze, and run reports on their players. It is not based upon pre-populated data but starts to build a database from day one of using your own team’s data.
One question that is asked is whether a team should purchase Dexalytics software while making an initial DXA purchase or wait until they have built up a database of DXA scans. Given that Dexalytics software makes the import of year(s) of DXA data very easy and the more scans you have the more powerful your Dexalytics database becomes, this is a logical question. The simple answer is that the purchase of Dexalytics software with the initial DXA purchase is extremely useful in that first year of scanning. As mentioned above, Dexalytics starts building your database from day one and as scans are added the database becomes stronger and stronger. Purchasing Dexalytics with your DXA scanner allows the sports analytics team to learn how to get the most from the program, and create usable reports for athletes, coaches, strength, and sports performance staff. Using Dexalytics on these initial scans can help discover imbalances in muscle and bone that the strength and conditioning staff, as well as the sports dietitian, can use to develop individualized plans for each athlete and then track the success of these plans. First-time users of Dexalytics have also found the Forecasting feature to be extremely valuable in projecting how increasing or decreasing body weight will affect an athlete’s overall body composition. Also, the “Dexalytics Score”, which is a sport and position (event) specific composite score that addresses lean soft tissue, bone and fat masses and distribution of these masses can help coaches evaluate their team right away in regards to body composition of their athletes by position or event. This data can be useful in determining what type of athletes a team should be looking at when they are recruiting or examining potential draft choices. The “Dexalytics Score” can also be useful in evaluating current training and nutrition programs being used. Finally, in return-to-play scenarios for injured athletes, the ability to compare baseline scans to post-recovery scans identifies whether lean mass imbalances still exist, meaning athletes may risk further injury if they return too soon.
The points above are just a few reasons why a team should purchase Dexalytics along with their new DXA scanner. To get the competitive edge of advanced body composition analysis and get the most out of the DXA scanner, purchasing Dexalytics immediately is the way to go.
About the Author: Donald Dengel, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota and is a co-founder of Dexalytics. He serves as the Director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, which provides clinical vascular, metabolic, exercise and body composition testing for researchers across the University of Minnesota.