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U.S. Army to Use MilestonePods in Study on Cadet and Soldier Running Injuries

2,300 MilestonePods will track run mechanics to determine primary causes of injury during training.

Columbia, MD – March 7, 2017 – Milestone Sports, a leading sports tech company focused on connecting retailers and brands to consumers through wearable devices, announces the U.S. Army has chosen the MilestonePod as it’s data collection device for a large-scale running study at West Point and Fort Bragg. The study will observe what potential running characteristics are predictive of injury.

The Physical Therapy Department at West Point was awarded a grant from the U.S. government to work with the U.S. Army and learn how to better prevent running injuries in the military.  Funds were allocated and received thereby securing Milestone Sport’s participation in the study.

“After detailed internal testing, we chose the MilestonePod primarily because it accurately tracks the core running metrics that are correlated with increased injury risk,” said LTC Don Goss, PT, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study. “The scale of the study can be contributed to the Pod’s ease of use and low cost. At the end of the study, we hope to employ strategies to help reduce the number of lower extremity injuries in the military.”

The MilestonePod is a small, waterproof device that clips onto running and walking shoes. Users do not need to carry a phone or remember to recharge. The Pod syncs with a smart device to provide valuable gait and performance insights for each run and over time.

For the study, key Pod data will be rate of impact, foot strike, stride length, cadence and shoe life odometer. The Pod also tracks leg swing, ground contact time, distance, pace, duration and a proprietary Runficiency Score™.

“Everything we do is based on the belief that HOW you run matters. Every day we provide thousands of runners and walkers around the world the data they need to improve performance, stay healthy and find the right shoe,” said Stephen Suydam, Ph.D., Director of Research at Milestone Sports. “We are very honored to be chosen by Dr. Goss and his team to help bring this knowledge to the U.S. Army.”

The Cadets and Soldiers participating in the study will wear a MilestonePod on their running shoes during an eight to 12-week training cycle.

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Milestone Sports, Ltd. is focused on connecting retailers and brands to consumers through its Wearable Marketing Platform (WMP). The platform collects comprehensive data from a low-cost sensor worn on the consumer’s shoe that wirelessly syncs to a mobile device. This rich, real-life data results in meaningful, personal, and valuable direct marketing: the future of retailer and brand loyalty. For more information, visit www.milestonepod.com.

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