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Gliding to gold -- world-beating software could boost British swimming
Date:2/13/2008

marked at their body joints using water-resistant markers. The swimmer is then videoed in action using underwater and poolside cameras, with the images fed into a computer equipped with the software. The software tracks the movements of the markers and runs the digitised position data through an innovative, highly sophisticated mathematical model developed at the University of Edinburgh by Dr Roozbeh Naemi. A replay of the swim then instantly appears on a plasma screen at the poolside, overwritten with graphs and data on different technical aspects of the glide.

Both the speed and accuracy of the feedback will add to the value of the advice that coaches give their swimmers, says Professor Ross Sanders, who is leading the project. Another important benefit is that the alterations to technique suggested by the software are customised exactly to suit each individual swimmer.

Swimmers from the prestigious City of Edinburgh and Warrender swimming clubs will participate in testing the new system and then in experiments to learn more about the factors relating to gliding performance.

The software could even help to identify the champions of tomorrow, Professor Sanders adds. It will show which young swimmers naturally move easily through the water, which may well equate to outstanding ability or a particular aptitude for the sport.


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Contact: Natasha Richardson
natasha.richardson@epsrc.ac.uk
44-017-934-44404
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
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