• Julia Duarte

Brave's Motion Capture Now

"Learning from empirical motion data has opened up miles of potential growth for athletes in any sport."

In the future, we imagine a world where Brave’s human movement platform can be used by anyone, anywhere. If you haven’t read our blog about our company vision, read it here.

But what about Brave’s current Valor technology? It consists of 10 sensors that all work together to capture the body’s motion. It is paired with software that provides comprehensible reports on the movement of different body parts as well as raw data that displays all the components of pure motion. Athletes competing in all sports use Valor to better their performance. In particular, football quarterbacks can use our technology to perfect their throwing skill and accuracy. Here is a story of a football quarterback who uses motion capture to find the most efficient throwing motion for him.

Liam’s story

Imagine a high school football player named Liam. He’s his school’s starting quarterback but he hasn’t been throwing as well as he had anticipated this season. His completion percentage is only 53% and he knows that his team will not be able to make it to the playoffs if he keeps throwing this way.

After practice one day, his coach pulls him aside and asks if he would like to try something different to help improve his throw. Liam agrees, hopeful for any improvement in his performance. His coach introduces him to Valor: motion capture used to pinpoint inefficiencies in throwing form and then work to alter it. Although a bit hesitant to turn to science for answers, Liam reads the testimonies of many other athletes who used Brave’s Valor to drastically improve their performance and decides to try it.

The next day, he and his coach meet at their training center, where Liam puts on the Valor sensors all over his body and throws a few footballs to several desired targets. The sensors immediately pick up on the fact that Liam is throwing shoulder-first instead of leading with his hips to throw the football. His coach relays this information to him as he watches his player’s movement on the Valor software.

“You should begin rotating your pelvis, then your torso, and finally your shoulder to properly throw a football,” he says.

On the screen, it shows that Liam tends to throw the ball with only his shoulder. The Valor report tells him that if he can find a way to engage his hips, he will see better results on the field.

For the next month, Liam focuses solely on rotating his hips as he throws the football. Whether it be a gentle pass or a 40 yard throw, he notices that hip rotation has a big role to play in controlling the velocity of a throw. In his games, his teammates start to receive a greater amount of his passes. Now, his completion percentage has grown to 60%. For the rest of the season, Liam keeps on improving his throw and takes his team all the way to the playoffs. He also begins to receive college recruiting offers from several universities across the country.

All thanks to Brave’s Valor.

Brave’s role

Liam’s story is not unique. Many professional athletes have turned to motion capture to improve their athletic performance. Learning from empirical motion data has opened up miles of potential growth for athletes in any sport.

Brave is making this technology, through Valor, available and accessible to all. We believe that understanding human movement can lead to endless new possibilities. As a coach’s best friend, motion capture brings together coaches and athletes, acting as a resource for both.

Get your demo for Brave’s Valor today!

Written and edited by Julia Duarte. Julia is a second year at the University of Virginia, hoping to study Global Public Health and English. She’s interested in technology that has the potential to change the world and meaningfully impact living on a global scale. Driven by her passion for writing, she helps Brave spread their message: motion capture made accessible. In her free time, she enjoys journaling and watching episodes of The Blacklist.