Dexalytics Blog

Graphic AthleteDexalytics is based on over 30 years of university research working with DXA. Our body composition research spans from high school to professional athletes and extends to infants, the elderly and everything in between. We have published normative body composition data, using DXA, in both professional and collegiate football players with samples of over 350 individual athletes. Our group is part of the Consortium for College Athlete Research (C-CAR) that pools DXA data from five universities from Power Five Conferences with the goal of publishing normative DXA data for a variety of university sports. 

First and foremost, we believe that the accuracy and reliability of the data is critical, in particular in elite sport.  Secondly, we strive to move body composition beyond totals measures. Traditional metrics of percentage of body fat, total lean mass (or fat-free mass in 2- component methods) and total fat mass don’t tell the complete picture for athletes. The distribution of fat and lean mass as well as the ratios of distribution are critical for how athletes move their body through space. Truly understanding what your body is, will be critical in identifying what your body can do.

Are NFL Combine Invitees Getting Bigger, Faster, and Stronger?

The 2019 NFL Combine just concluded and the athletes seem to be bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before. But, are they really bigger, faster, and stronger than in past years?

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Proper Protein Intakes for Athletes

The Power of Protein: Protein is an important component of every cell in the body from bones to skin to blood to muscle, but protein is also used to make enzymes, hormones and a number of other elements that the body needs.

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Kyler as the No. 1 Pick, the Rosen Trade Market, and D.K. Metcalf’s Literally Impossible Body Fat

This year, for the first time, prospects at the NFL combine also underwent dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans, which measure three different compartments: fat, lean soft tissue and bone masses. And, the Dexalytics software, developed by University of Minnesota researchers, gave all 32 teams a detailed report analyzing each player’s body type.

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Proper Carbohydrate Intakes for Athletes

Most athletes and coaches realize that adequate carbohydrate intake is critical for optimum performance, enhanced recovery, and maintaining ideal body weight. This blog reviews carbohydrate recommendations based on training intensity and duration as well as body composition.

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U of M's 'Dexalytics' system will be used by NFL teams at next week's scouting combine

Dexalytics machine in useMINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - In a time where athletes are faster and stronger than ever before, a small lab at the University of Minnesota is finding itself on the cutting edge of analyzing athletic advantages.

The program is called “Dexalytics”; a method to measure the human body from the inside out by taking into account muscle and fat make-up in each individual.

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Dexalytics Draws on the Power of Technology to Help Teams and Athletes Prepare for Success

Former Gopher football defensive back Cedric Thompson talking to a Dexalytics consultantFormer Gopher football defensive back Cedric Thompson, was with the New England Patriots last year when he got a tip from a nutritionist. DXA scans, used for decades to measure bone density, were a new tool in developing strategies for athletic improvement, from nutrition to workouts...

"The first time I went back to training, the coaches and everybody noticed. It was like night and day," said Cedric Thompson. 

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Practical Guidelines for Protein Timing

An important factor of protein intake is the timing, especially in relation to workouts. This question really involves the consumption of two nutrients -- primarily protein and carbohydrate -- in and around an exercise session and are guided by the questions:

  • What should I consume before I exercise?
  • What should I consume after I exercise?
  • What should the meal consist of?

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Building a Better Athlete

U OF M SOCCER FORWARD APRIL BOCKIN. ILLUSTRATION BY JACEY. PHOTO COURTESY OF U OF M ATHLETICS"April Bockin lies motionless on the light blue table of the DXA scanner in the U’s Human Performance Teaching Laboratory at 3M Arena at Mariucci. The machine’s cream-colored arm hovers above her. After emitting what sounds like a Morse code message, the table and arm slowly pull away from each other, then stop and switch directions. They repeat this pattern for the next three minutes as they pass over the body of the U of M’s All-American soccer forward..."

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Body composition technology to help train athletes starts at the U

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Team trainers and coaches are hard at work everywhere devising an exercise and nutrition plan designed to bring that player back to his pre-injury state. A new tool in their toolbox is Dexalytics, a new technology I’ve been pioneering with my team at the University of Minnesota that already is being used as a major competitive advantage at the collegiate and professional level to help train athletes in Minnesota, as well as across the country.

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