The University of Oregon may soon be home to one of the most high-tech sports performance centers in college football.
The proposed Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex, a gift from Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny that could be approved at a UO board meeting next week, would include a “state-of-the-art sports science facility” with recovery stations and new diagnostic equipment.
“The facility is really based on trying to objectively measure things we currently measure subjectively, as well as provide resources we currently don’t have that we know are important for recovery,” UO director of athletic medicine Dr. Greg Skaggs said in a news release.
The facility would have 3D-motion capture technology, which the university says is more effective at measuring range of motion and possible inefficiencies than what’s currently being used today. In addition, a neurocognitive center would help diagnose and treat concussion symptoms.
If approved, the center would open next September.
“Our vision is for them to walk into a Niketown-like atmosphere, with a lot of energy,” UO director of equipment operations Aaron Wasson said in the release. “It’ll be a showcase area, and a much more efficient way for recruits and our recruiting staff to feature our innovative equipment.”