Biomechanics & Performance Analysis

Biomechanics is the study and analysis of human movement (technique) using the laws of mechanics, while Performance Analysis uses notational analysis to breakdown and create a record of performance and tactics for an individual or team. Both work within an inter-professional team to support the coach and athlete.

Aspire Academy’s Biomechanists scientifically measure and assess movement in sport, providing feedback to coaches on the modifications needed to improve the technical execution of skills (with respect to technical models of performance). They recognize that technical execution also requires the correct physical qualities and work alongside S&C and Physiotherapy staff to conduct strength and power diagnostics and injury risk factors such muscle imbalances and asymmetry. We seek to provide as much information as possible in the training environment and in competition and to use technologies that give athletes and coach immediate feedback.

Some technologies currently under use include: 3D motion analysis (Vicon and XSens), force plates, pressure sensors, wearable sensors, high-speed video cameras, laser speed-guns, EMG and various instrumented machines. Testing takes place at the Aspire Academy Biomechanics laboratory, in the field during training and at competition venues in Qatar and overseas.

The Aspire Academy Performance Analysts utilize a number of video and computer-based methods to record and analyze performance, including Quintic and Dartfish software. Video feedback is provided to Aspire Academy coaches and athletes during competition and training and is shared to all support team members through our own Aspire TV App (Dartfish TV). In the context of youth athlete development we have worked with coaches to develop frameworks for the qualitative and quantitative assessments of technical and knowledge based competencies, Dartfish tagging templates for match analysis, and bespoke tests for accuracy and agility in racket sports.

Major Projects

Assessing the physical and technical demands of our core sports with respect to growth and maturational changes,
  • Quantification of training load, plyometric intensity and work rates
  • Quantification and monitoring of technical competencies and event specific knowledge
  • Profiling physical attributes associated to specific skills and developing normative data from our Asian network
Provision of real time in-session biomechanical feedback
  • Design and development of a mobile biofeedback golf cart for indoor and outdoor use
  • Innovation and implementation of technologies to quantify event specific metrics

Expertise

Dr. Phil Graham Smith

Head of Biomechanics

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