Research has shown that reaction times play a crucial role in the success of sprinters. The shorter the race, the more important an athlete’s reaction time becomes, because it “accounts for a greater proportion of the total time of the run” (2004). Studies also show that reaction time is a skill that can be improved with training.
“In sprint events, where hundredths of a second can make the difference between a gold medal and a silver, minimizing reaction time can be the key to an athlete’s success.” – Dr. Alex Brown, University of Alberta
The ReacTime Training System gives coaches and athletes access to live reaction and false start data so they can not only improve reaction times off the blocks, but also save, graph, and analyze the reaction data and keep track of long-term progress. The system records reaction time, power output, and time-to-distance ratios for each start. And because it can be configured to operate automatically, the Training System can also be used by athletes as a powerful tool during personal and off-season training routines – without the need for a coach to simulate the start.
The block sensors record reaction data and detect false starts to an accuracy of 1/1000th of a second. Reaction data can also be transmitted to the ReacTime Training Software where it can be viewed, graphed, and printed right from the track, or stored for analysis after the training is complete. Because ReacTime technology is modular, multiple training systems can be linked together to facilitate team training and competitive starts.
- Measures reaction times to 1/1000th of a second
- Detection sensors clip to most popular starting blocks
- ReacTime Block Sensor is lightweight and portable
- Can be operated autonomously using pre-programmed start commands or with a partner (using verbal commands and gun)
- Timing of start commands is randomized within a customizable range
- Automated start commands can be personally recorded using the voices of athletes or coaches
- Two Personal Training Systems can be linked for competitive training
- Can connect to photo-cells or a FinishLynx timing system for fully automatic timing
- Personal ReacTime units can be used as components of a full false start detection system
- Workout data, including waveforms, can be stored and retrieved later using the Personal Training software
We offer several variations of the ReacTime training system, including the Advanced Training package, and wired or wireless photo-eyes. The basic ReacTime Training System (RT-T) includes: