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Inertial Sensors for Performance Analysis in Combat Sports: A Systematic Review

School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD 4111, Australia
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Sports 2019, 7(1), 28;
Received: 5 December 2018 / Revised: 11 January 2019 / Accepted: 18 January 2019 / Published: 21 January 2019
The integration of technology into training and competition sport settings is becoming more commonplace. Inertial sensors are one technology being used for performance monitoring. Within combat sports, there is an emerging trend to use this type of technology; however, the use and selection of this technology for combat sports has not been reviewed. To address this gap, a systematic literature review for combat sport athlete performance analysis was conducted. A total of 36 records were included for review, demonstrating that inertial measurements were predominately used for measuring strike quality. The methodology for both selecting and implementing technology appeared ad-hoc, with no guidelines for appropriately analysing the results. This review summarises a framework of best practice for selecting and implementing inertial sensor technology for evaluating combat sport performance. It is envisaged that this review will act as a guide for future research into applying technology to combat sport. View Full-Text
Keywords: combat sport; technology; inertial sensor; performance combat sport; technology; inertial sensor; performance
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Worsey, M.T.; Espinosa, H.G.; Shepherd, J.B.; Thiel, D.V. Inertial Sensors for Performance Analysis in Combat Sports: A Systematic Review. Sports 2019, 7, 28.

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