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Title: A novel system for improved monitoring of athletic performance in the strength and conditioning domain
Author: Gordon, David
ISNI:       0000 0004 7971 0450
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2015
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The English Institute of Sport (EIS) is a national organisation which oversees the development of athletic potential at an elite level covering Olympic sports. Part of that development includes strength and conditioning training. Strength and conditioning training is used to complement sportspecific training with the aim of increasing or maintaining strength or flexibility in order to improve athletic capability or reduce risk of injury. The aim of the research presented within this Thesis is to optimise and improve the EIS's performance monitoring process within the strength and conditioning domain. Stakeholder requirements were elicited through interviews, protocol analysis and questionnaires to identify the key needs that must be fulfilled. These requirements have been achieved through design and implementation of an integrated system which can record, analyse and display real time data from multiple component technologies. The development of this system has been documented in detail and application of the system is presented within three studies. An analysis of current stake of the art showed that no commercially available systems were available which satisfied the stakeholder requirements. This necessitated the development of a low profile, large surface area force platform to measure ground reaction force and wireless inertial measurement unit to measure body segment orientation. Automated analysis procedures were developed which extracted a set of key performance variables in real-time. Key performance variables were fed back to the user in real-time using a combination of tabular and graphical display. Three case studies were performed to demonstrate how the system can be utilised to generate new knowledge.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified ; Force platform ; Accelerometer ; Reliability ; Real-time