A wireless sensor system for a biofeedback training of hammer throwers


Hammer-throw has a long-standing history in track and field, but unlike some other sports events, men's hammer throw has not seen a new world record since 1986. One of the possible reasons for this stagnation could be the lack of real-time biomechanical feedback training. In this study, we proposed to establish scientifically described training targets and routes, which in turn required tools that could measure and quantify characteristics of an effective hammer-throw. Towards this goal, we have developed a real-time biomechanical feedback device-a wireless sensor system-to help the training of hammer-throw. The system includes two sensors-an infrared proximity sensor for tracing the hip vertical movement and a load cell for recording the wire tension during a hammer-throw. The system uses XBees for data transmission and an Arduino processor for data processing and system control. The results revealed that the wire tension measurement could supply sufficient key features for coaches to analyze hammer-throw and give real-time feedback for improving training efficiency.

DOI: 10.1186/s40064-016-3069-5

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@inproceedings{Wang2016AWS, title={A wireless sensor system for a biofeedback training of hammer throwers}, author={Ye Wang and Bingjun Wan and Hua Li and Gongbing Shan}, booktitle={SpringerPlus}, year={2016} }