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Pocatello entrepreneurs work with ISU researchers to secure Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Grant

June 5, 2017

POCATELLO – Rory Erchul and his wife, Jennifer, of Pocatello are working with Idaho State University to create an Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) grant that will allow them to further research and test their products if it is approved.

The grant application is currently under preparation, and ISU is planning to apply at the next submission date later this summer.

ISU and Chute Trainer are developing a testing protocol, including specialized testing equipment and robotics to create a network of motion-capture and force-measurement cameras and sensors, as well as muscular and neural activity sensors to scientifically verify the efficiency of Chute Trainer products.

The ISU research team includes John Fitzpatrick, chair of sports science and physical education; Dani Moffit, master of science in athletic training (MSAT) director and assistant professor; Michael Lester, sports science and physical education professor; and Cindy Seiger, physical therapy clinic director.

Two years ago, the Erchuls began Chute Trainer by selling the Golf Chute. Erchul said athletes can put it on the end of a golf club, swing it 6-10 times, then remove it. On average, it helps people swing their golf clubs 5-10 miles per hour faster.

Later, they expanded their product line to include the Bat Chute, which help athletes train for sports like baseball and softball.  

Bat Chutes grab the wind to provide resistance and are lightweight and portable. Due to the success of their products, the Erchuls were able to secure a patent last fall.

The IGEM grant program funds commercialization research, which allows university researchers and local business leaders to partner together to create and advance new technologies.

The IGEM program is designed to be beneficial to Idaho’s economy. Through its support of new businesses and Idaho’s research facilities, it helps create new products, companies, and jobs while increasing Idaho universities’ research capabilities.

“We'll be testing to see if the Chute Trainer products do in fact increase swing speed and the effects it has on fast twitch muscle fibers and overall player performance,” Erchul said.

The grant is tentatively due for completion between September and November 2017 and will ideally allow the testing of both the Bat Chutes and Golf Chutes.

“If we can test both the Golf and Gat Chutes, that would be ideal and is what we are hoping to do,” Erchul said. “It will depend on the researchers and what they are able to do with the grant and timing.”

To learn more about the Chute Trainer products or to purchase them, visit their website: https://chutetrainer.com.

 To learn more about the IGEM grant and ISU’s role in creating it, contact Christopher Fasel at fasechri@isu.edu.



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