Tennis: Friction

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.

Football Tracking

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

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.

Turf Pitches

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.

Water Sports Helmets

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.