Aug 30, 2016
Oregon Unveils New Facility

Rob Mullens, Athletic Director at the University of Oregon, recently unveiled the university’s new Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center.

“The goal of this project was to create one space where we could utilize the most state-of-the-art technology to improve student-athlete wellness and emphasize our commitment to the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Mullens said in a press release. “Thanks to the incredible generosity of Phil and Penny Knight, we now have a world-class facility that is going to take the student-athlete experience at the University of Oregon to a level not previously seen anywhere on the collegiate level.”

According to Sport Techie, the university described the center as a facility incorporating sports performance, medicine, technology, and science in order to ensure that student-athletes feel better and perform better.

Andrew Murray, the university’s director of performance and sport science, said the center will record athletes’ movements with motion cameras in order to help monitor them and respond accordingly.

“We focused on creating a space that would allow us to objectively measure a student-athlete’s development and readiness,” Dr. Greg Skaggs, the university’s director of athletic medicine, said in a press release. “This data will give us the best opportunity to individualize training to maximize performance and prevent injury. Unlike other university performance centers, (the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center) is designed to make real-time interventions into a student-athlete’s training program and well-being.”

According to the Oregon Ducks’ website, other features include sleep pods for athletes, a boxing arena where boxers can exercise but are not allowed to spar and a laundry facility that can wash 500 pounds of laundry at once, among others.

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