As a sprinter at High Point University, Emily struggled to improve her running times because of a lack of competition in practice. As any runner knows, track is just as much a mental game as it is physical. Without the emotional drive of competition, it can be nearly impossible to run at one’s full potential.
Emily also noticed a pacing problem existed within her team. As most athletes are, she was asked to run repeat sprints within tenths of a second of her coaches designated goal times. This required her to run based on a sense of what that pace should feel like. Splits could be yelled part way through the run (if coach wasn’t too busy), and a watch could periodically be checked (at the risk of slowing due to form and focus breakage), but it seemed like there had to be a better way.
With these problems in mind, she formulated a potential solution and wrote a business plan to support the idea. With the help of her brother and a generous investor found through HPU’s entrepreneurship program, upon graduation in May 2016, she made her dream a reality.
LightSpeed gives athletes a tool to improve their skills in a pressured environment. This system pushes them to give their maximum effort every day, which is required for them to reach their full potential come game day. Athletes can use the system for reaction drills, change of direction quickness, interval conditioning, skills technique practice, and straight speed training.