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A35 A Biofeedback System for Swing Skill Acquisition in Implement Sports

Reference:  James Daniel A., A35 A Biofeedback System for Swing Skill Acquisition in Implement Sports,  symposium on sports engineering : symposium on human dynamics 2008, 171-172, 2008-11-05

Abstract:  The acquisition of skills in the use of sporting implements is the quest of sports enthusiasts everywhere. Developmental players wish to gain the skill of the elite sports person, amateurs seek those skills of the professional and the weekend enthusiast just wants to improve. Many sports employ a variety of implements such as clubs in golf, bats in cricket, racquets in tennis and swords in the martial arts and in many cases the swing motion is quite similar. In this paper a method for measuring swing path of a variety of sporting implements is proposed. This method is a refinement of that previously investigated [1] and uses a combination of inertial sensors to track the path of the swing. From this data a graphical visualization of the motion is presented to the athlete using near real time feedback using a wireless link. The visualization is based on the physical movement but abstracted somewhat. As a form of biofeedback it is overlaid with idealised templates of an optimal swing enabling the athlete to learn the swing skill in a novel manner.