Radford University uses Bod Pod for learning and athletics

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) This year's Olympics have shown some of the best athletes in the world, and local athletes are hoping to work there way to that point.

Radford University brought in a new Bod Pod this Spring, replacing the old one.

It helps measure a person's body fat.

The school said several classrooms use it as a learning tool, but athletes get to use it as well.

Radford isn't the only school with a Bod Pod in Virginia, but it's still a very unique opportunity for health related students.

Dr. Kathleen Poole, a Professor of Health & Human Performance, explained, "The Bod Pod uses state of the art technology to assess body fat, meaning it's very, very accurate, within about a 2% error. There are other methods that are available, but some are not as accurate. I think it's a great opportunity for students to be able to use this technology."

Athletic coaches said it's great for their athletes to have expensive told at their disposal, like Olympic athletes.

"You only get one shot in four years to do really well, Cross Country Head Coach Eric Thatcher said. "The Bod Pod is something that over time you can really make sure that you're being safe as you put that body composition in the perfect spot to peak with your athletic performance at the right time."