Gregory McGrath, PresidentThe Center for Disease Control estimates that there are almost 14 million injuries occurring each year in youth sports. Half of these injuries are preventable if you know the cause and train coaches on how to prevent and react appropriately to these injuries. The importance of risk mitigation in youth sports has taken on a new importance with youth sports organizations being sued by families and found guilty of not taking care of young athletes as well as they should have. Transparent Sports was founded by Gregory McGrath to address this need and understand the cause of sports injuries, with the goal of keeping children safe and preventing injuries from occurring in the first place.
“The days of not wanting to know what is happening on the fields or in the gym are over,” says McGrath, President, Transparent Sports. With a background in enterprise software, McGrath has been a volunteer coach 46 times, so he speaks from experience. The team at Transparent Sports has developed an intuitive system to gather data in a secure and easy manner. The innovative injury tracking and analysis solution enables three things at a high level: train coaches, track the injuries as they occur, and analyze the data to determine the cause. This analysis is performed by their partner, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Researchers can now work with the data they were never able to access before. “We’re providing the toolkit to determine why these injuries are occurring, allowing for the creation of training modules for coaches, and if it then makes sense, to change or tweak some rules in sports, allowing researchers to have the data to make their case,” explains Gregory McGrath.
The system has been developed on a three-tier architecture using the Agile methodology. The solution uses SQL Server 2016 due to its native encryption to guarantee the security of the data. Built in a HIPAA compliant manner, the system is easily accessed via a smart phone, and users only need 45 seconds to create a data entry.
Our mission is to create a worldwide repository for sport injury data and analysis, to help reduce youth sport injuries in the future
Each new sports organization client first loads 18 pre-set data points ranging from the type of sport, conditions, age and sex of the players, the level of competition and more against which data is then accumulated. “We recognize that for our system to be used, it has to be very secure, highly intuitive, scalable and visual,” he continues.
While it is too early to provide a case study, the management of their first client, a sports organization with 16,000 athletes, is starting to understand the need to educate coaches on being prepared to deal with emergency situations. “We want Transparent Sports to become the reference worldwide for the aggregation and analysis of youth sport injuries, allowing families and sports organizations to see what’s happening and providing the tools to help them compare and contrast with other sports and organizations,” explains McGrath.
This is possible because Transparent Sports actively stays abreast of any technological development, particularly in cloud computing and security. They have been selected by the HYPE Foundation as a Top 50 leader in the field of applied technology in the sports world. “We are discussing the roll-out of the solution with five state athletic associations and two national sports organizations for the 2017/2018 season,” says McGrath. Transparent Sports is actively preparing to expand into Europe focusing on soccer, the most popular sport in many countries as the launching point for its global expansion. “We are on a mission to create a worldwide repository for sport injury data and analysis that will greatly contribute to reducing youth sport injuries in the future,” concludes McGrath.