In this month’s issue of Sports Performance & Technology magazine, Professor John Barden from the University of Regina has written an interesting article ‘Using Body-Fixed Sensors for Swimming Performance Analysis’ which discusses new ways to improve performance during competition through the use of accelerometers.
The article presents several examples to demonstrate how accelerometers can be used to effectively monitor and analyse a swimmer’s stroke performance. A few benefits of accelerometers in biomechanics research include:
- Lightweight, small size
- Quantifies human movement in three axis
- Provides large amounts of data for long periods of time
In this instance, researchers from the University of Regina have developed specialized software that analyses raw data signals to produce a range of performance metrics, including automatically identifying and counting strokes which provide insights into the speed and effectiveness of a swimmer’s turn time. Other examples of performance analysis gained from accelerometers are kicking frequency and amplitude, body roll and body
Along with being able to wear GENEActiv on both the wrist and ankles and the waterproof nature of the devices this well-written article highlights how valuable a tool accelerometers can be in research. John also discusses other current research in stroke biomechanics along with future research possibilities.
Please click on the link above and start reading the article on page 8 for a great read.