Australians to use body-mapping garments to succeed
Monday, September 6th, 2010
CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology scientist, Dr Richard Helmer has developed a sophisticated sleeve that can characterise a person’s arm movement while shooting towards a goal in sports such as netball and basketball. The technology, best explained by science alert, helps players find their ideal shot-making rhythm and motion the system plays a series of beats in-sync with their arm and wrist movements as they take a shot. The beats are triggered as the limbs move through certain positions. If the motion is ‘correct’ – ie, indicative of a more successful natural action – the beats, which sound like parts of a disco drum rhythm, describe a recognisable pattern. This enables the netballer to maintain the dynamics of her natural shot-making action in stressful situations simply by repeating the rhythm in her head.
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