Aviation services company uses technologies commonly associated with aircraft to provide complete picture of athletic performance

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 5, 2014 at 6:41 a.m.



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Flying Robots to Help Train Athletes, Prevent Sports Injuries

PRINCETON, N.J., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new flying robot is

being developed to help athletes and teams elevate their performance

while helping to prevent sports injuries, including concussions,

cardiac incidents, and heat-related illnesses.

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Borne out of a New Jersey flight academy, the AeroTrainer is an

unmanned aerial video biotelemetry system designed to give athletes

and teams, together with their coaches and trainers, a full picture of

athletic performance and physical activity.

"While the AeroTrainer will be capable of features such as racing

alongside a track runner or automatically following specific plays or

players on a football field, it will also monitor heart rates, body

temperatures, and the frequency and intensity of impacts to give

coaches a real-time picture of their players' physical status," said

Moses Frenck, president and CEO of Samexa Corp., which operates Mercer

Flight Academy and Mercer Flight Works in central New Jersey.

"The aviation and robotics industries are morphing at an accelerated

pace. Autopilots, navigation systems, and advanced flight controls

typically found in traditional aircraft are being replicated in more

advanced ways in unmanned aerial systems," Frenck added. "The

AeroTrainer will bring these technologies to athletes and their

trainers to enhance their training and help prevent injuries."

The AeroTrainer is not just another passive fitness tracker that

simply monitors an individual's physical activity and displays the

data. It is an active participant in an athlete's or team's training.

The AeroTrainer flies above and around athletes, using biomechanical

sensors and software to record and transmit video and any combination

of physiological signals. The system combines a multi-axis camera

system with unique flight controls to capture 360 degrees of video and

conduct 3D movement analysis. Modeling the body as it moves helps to

improve form and reduce the risk of injuries. Monitoring the body for

overheating and head impacts can help save lives.

Heat illnesses, concussions, and cardiac incidents have been on the

rise and are the leading causes of death and disability among U.S.

high school athletes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention. The CDC reports that more than 3 million sports-related

concussions occur each year in the United States, with thousands of

high school athletes suffering from various forms of heat-related

illnesses.

State and national guidelines are making their way into high schools,

colleges, and professional sports leagues to protect athletes from

these situations, which according to the CDC are mostly preventable

and can be mitigated by prompt recognition. Athletes who are monitored

during physical exertion have a better chance of having symptoms

identified very quickly.

In addition to its real-time capabilities, the AeroTrainer also gives

users the ability to access data and video through the myAeroTrainer

app. Coaches can analyze and share plays, while athletes can access

video to create highlight reels for analysis and recruitment purposes.

With all of its features and abilities, the AeroTrainer effectively

becomes part of the team.

The company has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indigogo to

raise a portion of the funds for development and real-world testing,

including donating AeroTrainers to high schools for testing and

continued use (http://igg.me/at/myAeroTrainer/x/6343535).

Learn more about the AeroTrainer at http://www.myaerotrainer.com.

About Samexa Corp.

Samexa Corp. is an aviation services company located at Trenton-Mercer

Airport in Ewing, N.J. The company operates Royal Karina Air Service

and Mercer Flight Academy providing private and commercial pilot

training, Mercer Flight Works aircraft maintenance and repair, and

Mercer Aviation & Aerospace summer camps.

Contact: Moses Frenck President & CEO Samexa Corp. (646) 298-9087

Email

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