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The premise of ProPlayAI is to take a task that was complicated, laborious and expensive — analyzing baseball biomechanics — and democratize it by making it accessible to players and coaches with a smartphone camera and an affordable monthly subscription.
But pitching and hitting assessments were merely the starting point for a more ambitious plan from ProPlayAI’s parent company, 3MotionAI. Using the same core motion capture technology, 3MotionAI is adapting its technology for analysis in other sports and in rehab settings, but its roots are in industrial ergonomics and workplace safety.
Diamond Allegiance, for instance, is a baseball training app that supports a charitable foundation aiming to make the sport more accessible. It integrated with 3MotionAI for functional movement assessments that input into AI algorithms based on the knowledge and experience of Clemson baseball coach Erik Bakich to give youth players recommendations.
“What we’re able to do is, through the AI technology on the camera phone, is do a full mobility and strength assessment,” Diamond Allegiance executive director Matt Gerber said. “Mom and Dad can do it in the living room with the kid. So being able to get it to anybody — you don’t have to be at a gym or have a professional with you. And then based on that mobility assessment, being able to give the kid a daily routine that includes mobility, strength-specific and baseball-specific drills to do. And then that updates on a daily basis for the player.”