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Exploring the Role of Wearable Technology in Sport Kinematics and Kinetics: A Systematic Review

Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, Charing Cross Campus, London W6 8RP, UK
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Sensors 2019, 19(7), 1597; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19071597
Received: 7 February 2019 / Revised: 22 March 2019 / Accepted: 26 March 2019 / Published: 2 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Wearable and Unobtrusive Monitoring Systems)
The aim of this review was to understand the use of wearable technology in sport in order to enhance performance and prevent injury. Understanding sports biomechanics is important for injury prevention and performance enhancement and is traditionally assessed using optical motion capture. However, such approaches are limited by capture volume restricting assessment to a laboratory environment, a factor that can be overcome by wearable technology. A systematic search was carried out across seven databases where wearable technology was employed to assess kinetic and kinematic variables in sport. Articles were excluded if they focused on sensor design and did not measure kinetic or kinematic variables or apply the technology on targeted participants. A total of 33 articles were included for full-text analysis where participants took part in a sport and performed dynamic movements relating to performance monitored by wearable technologies. Inertial measurement units, flex sensors and magnetic field and angular rate sensors were among the devices used in over 15 sports to quantify motion. Wearable technology usage is still in an exploratory phase, but there is potential for this technology to positively influence coaching practice and athletes’ technique. View Full-Text
Keywords: wearables; sports performance; kinematics; sensors; motion analysis; athlete; coaching wearables; sports performance; kinematics; sensors; motion analysis; athlete; coaching
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Adesida, Y.; Papi, E.; McGregor, A.H. Exploring the Role of Wearable Technology in Sport Kinematics and Kinetics: A Systematic Review. Sensors 2019, 19, 1597.

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