Introducing Pulse: Throwing Workload Management Made Easy
In January 2020, we acquired Motus. From that announcement,
We bought Motus Global’s sensor business because we believed one truth:
This was a good but not perfect workload monitor for pitchers
Talking to customers, a big pain point was simply confusion: “what should I do with all this information and how does this system work?”
Driveline’s PULSE is workload management made much simpler.
It’s meant to answer a single question every day:
How much should I throw?
And we’ve built new tools for coaches to make managing athletes and making informed decisions easier. Right now we have hundreds of pitchers training with us – it’s not feasible for us to make our staff or athletes tag every single throw they make. Or calculate how many throws would result in a AC Ratio of 1.25 vs 1.45.
PULSE is built to help you work smarter – not make you do math problems.
In redesigning Motus to make PULSE, we focused on three main objectives:
- Make PULSE easier to use
- Deepen the TRAQ integration
- Update old metrics and create some interesting new metrics
So what’s new in Pulse?
Easy to Use
- No more tagging – you can use PULSE and get accurate estimated workloads without tagging throws or ball weights
- No more 3-Day Lock – sign up and immediately receive a prescribed workload for that day.
- See your TRAQ workout in the PULSE app
- See your day’s workload in TRAQ
Updated and New Metrics
- More accurate weighted ball stress – estimated torque values map to studies done by Driveline and ASMI
- Estimated throwing efficiency – (coming soon) a measure of how efficient your mechanics are compared against your peers
Workload Monitoring, Simplified
Motus had a 3-day lock before you could actually start seeing any data. It was complicated and unclear how you could actually use A:C Ratio to drive your training. You had to do a lot of work to really get value out of the product.
PULSE has 1 estimated workload for today — that’s your target throwing for today.
The home page has been simplified to only show you the the things you need to know to execute your throwing plan:
- How much you’ve thrown in the past
- The intensity of those throws
- How much you should throw today
Everything else is hidden and removed. No more “Readiness” and no more 3-day lock.
We’re expanding the integration between TRAQ and PULSE, offering more utility in both tools.
In the PULSE app, link your TRAQ account (or create one!) to view and complete your throwing program for the day. Your throwing program and your workload data, all in one place.
In TRAQ, you’ll be able to view throw counts and workloads directly on the calendar to easily compare that data with your actual program. You’ll also have a Dashboard page that gives you an overview of all your throwing metrics from PULSE.
More Accurate Metrics
Through our expanded validation of the sensor, we found that elbow valgus torque from Motus didn’t match up with what we saw in our in-house biomechanics lab when looking at various weighted baseballs. We’ve made adjustments to the physics engine to correct for this.
More accurate stress data means more accurate workload data.
We also found that Shoulder Rotation was not a valid or reliable metric when comparing within athletes — that is, changes in Shoulder Rotation were valid across athletes, but not within an athlete.
Because of this, we’ve removed Shoulder Rotation from the app. It is still being calculated, but you won’t see it in the app moving forward.
Do you have good mechanics? Coming soon to PULSE, you’ll not only be able to manage throwing workload, but evaluate how efficiently you throw. More efficient mechanics means better arm health and less risk for injury.
By pairing PULSE metrics with throwing velocity, you’ll be able to get this insight. Just wear the sensor and record velocities in the app — even better you’ll be able to automatically do it by using velocity data in TRAQ.
This feature isn’t going live just yet – but keep an eye out for it in the coming months.
That’s Not All…
This isn’t even all of the features we’re deploying. Check out the Developer Notes for the full scoop.
Motus proved that workload tracking was an important component of any throwers training program. With PULSE, we’re excited to continue to build on that foundation and make this throwing workload tracker ours.