A professional tennis player can perform over 1000 direction changes throughout a match. In tennis, players can change direction in two ways: by stepping or sliding. Friction in these direction change movements is affected by the interaction between a player’s shoes and the court surface. A better understanding of this interaction can help improve shoe design.
Technology is changing football analysis. Most professional football clubs now employ electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS) to track player movements. EPTS devices track data such as player position, player velocity, player acceleration, ball position, and distance covered. Analysis of this information helps football clubs improve team performance.
Football boots are an essential part of any player’s kit. As such, football players select their boots carefully, searching for boots that can help maximize their performance. To appeal to these consumers, football boot brands often market their boots by highlighting improved performance.
A study by researcher Natalie P. Skillern and colleagues found that wetsuit design may not need to account for thermoregulatory differences between males and females.
A study by researcher Darcie L. Yount and colleagues found that helmets incorporating the Radian Diffusion System (RDS) design may not reduce head kinematics. There was no “clear linkage” between these helmets and a reduction of linear head kinematics.
Turf pitches are used in many sports, such as rugby and football. Turfs usually consist of organic material, soil, and water. To ensure that turf pitches remain in optimal condition, turfs are regularly assessed and monitored. To address limitations associated with current monitoring methods, researcher Frazer Anderson and colleagues proposed a new device to monitor turf surfaces.
A study by researcher Ian T. Gatt and colleagues found that electromagnetic tracking systems can accurately measure wrist kinematics in boxers.
Water skiing and wakeboarding are popular water sports enjoyed by millions of people. However, both recreational and professional participants are at risk of sustaining injuries. To reduce injury risk in collisions, participants use water sports helmets. However, some argue that these helmets can increase the risk of head and neck injury for falls into the water.