Stay On Target: Technology in Sports Leaders in Sport feature, brought to you by Target3D, the Home of Motion Capture
In this fourth feature on technology for Leaders in Sport, Target3D explains the key reasons for incorporating motion capture (mocap) into your coaching strategy.
Once the preserve of sci-fi animators or sports researchers, mocap technology is now firmly in the mainstream with premier clubs and performance managers increasingly utilising it to eliminate some of guesswork involved in traditional coaching.
A professional coach needs a mocap in their tools to evaluate traits of fitness and skill such as power, balance, coordination, flexibility, speed of their athletes. Here are five reasons why. 1. Training of individual athlete/player
Being motivational, nurturing and empowering are all traits of top coaches, but of course remaining focused and goal-orientated has to be top of the list.
Using mocap technology has had a transformational effect on identifying a players’ strengths and weaknesses, allowing performance managers to explicitly customise training for progression to increased performance.
When an athlete is identified with an issue causing them not to perform optimally, the coach is observing what they are doing during play, or simulated play. A movement happens so quickly, that the merest millimetre of misalignment is not easy to identify to the naked eye, with 2D analysis. Using mocap technology coaches can quickly diagnose any issues - in real-time or via playback - with far higher accuracy. The 3D perspective allows you access the players’ motion from all angles and the data is collated into graphs that are easy to digest and explain, even to those with limited technical grasp.