Wearable sensors in Water Sports: potentials and challenges

Performance assessment in swimming is commonly performed using video analysis. This technique allows to quantify several indices that are required by coaches such as swimmer’s posture, symmetry, joint angles, progression velocity. However, this procedure is often hindered by the very difficult measurement conditions. The advent of MEMS technology gave a great impulse in using wearable inertial sensors to overcome the above limitation, opening to the progressive adoption of wearables in swimming research and periodical technical monitoring. The talk will analyze the state of the art about the use of wearables in swimming research, specifically highlighting potentials and technical challenges in sports performance assessment of water sports technique.

Giuseppe Vannozzi - Biosketch

M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering (1999) and Ph.D. in Bioengineering (2004), post-doc and then Assistant Professor at University of Rome “Foro Italico”. His research activity mainly concerns human movement biomechanics using laboratory motion capture systems and wearable technology. His main application fields are clinical gait analysis in movement disorders, assessment of motor competence in typically developing children, performance evaluation in sports. Prof. Vannozzi served as board of directors of the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis (2013-2017); he is Associate Editor for Frontiers in Sports and Active Living (2019-) and Sensors (2021-). He co-authored more than 100 publications.

Assistant Professor

University of Rome “Foro Italico”

Piazza Lauro de Bosis, 6, 00135 Roma, Italy