Can two University of Minnesota researchers crack the code of startup success?
Tyler Bosch & Don Dengel of Dexalytics are developing a proprietary system that scores lean muscle, fat, and bone density to determine the correlation between an athlete’s body composition and their performance.
Some 20+ years scientific study are being translated into a software product under development by the same group that brought FlipGrid to life back in 2015.
“We’re creating a system of quantifying players by their body type,” says Bosch, an applied sports science researcher with the College of Education and Human Development. “We’re not trying to make everyone a perfect score, rather to establish the right baselines to learn from.”
DEXA, or DXA, is short for Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and is a huge machine that scans the body from head to toe while measuring three major components — lean muscle, fat, and bone — both regionally or wholistically.
“We knew that the DEXA machine was providing a lot more data than we have been able to leverage,” Bosch explains, “Which is when we really started thinking about turning it into subscription data software.”
As science would have it, Dexalytics is currently yeilding more questions than answers given their scope of data in such a nascent intersection of research + industry.
“For example,” Bosch queries, “can we start to identify what position someone is best suited for based on our data, or whether or not they have the composition to be a top performer in their sport?”
Perhaps the biggest question around it all is if Dexalytics has the means to become a commercially viable product that can live independently of the University by delivering sufficient value in the market?
For now, Bosch and co. are just entering their initial beta phase with trials in football, hockey and basketball; as such they are the freshest local sportstech startup to demo during tomorrow’s SportCon gathering.