Sports physicians' meeting: 3D motion analysis in skiing

In December 2005, the sports physician' meeting (Sportärztewoche) took place in Zell am See.
CONTEMPLAS presented the use of video-based motion analysis in alpine skiing to the participants.

Prof. Brüggemann and CONTEMPLAS at an altitude of 3000m

Sports medicine brueggemann klippel There was no cloud in the sky, when Prof. Dr. Gert-Peter Brüggemann (German Sports University in Cologne) and Stefan Klippel, CONTEMPLAS CEO, shouldered their backpacks on Sunday, 4th of December.

They carried the equipment for a 3D motion analysis to the glacier of the Kitzsteinhorn, up to an altitude of 3000m.
Sports medicine motion analysis ski The conditions on the piste were really excellent and they installed two digital cameras, covering a volume of approx. 2m x 2m x 2m, and connected them to a notebook via 20 m firewire cables.
The cameras had to be accurately calibrated so that the video capture of the skiers could be carried out. One camera was installed laterally to the gate and the other from a frontal perspective. They prepared a giant slalom on the slope and the analysis was carried out for a right turn in the middle of the race course.
Temperatures of -10° Celsius and heavy gusts of wind made great demands on team and equipment.
The head of the ski school in Kaprun and some of his skiing instructors had agreed to be analysed. At the same day, the skiing instructor’s motion sequence of the giant slalom was analysed and reconstructed in 3D.

It was a great pleasure to organise this event with Prof. Brüggemann and the local ski school and we want to take the chance and thank them for their cooperation.

See also:

Sports physicians' meeting in Kaprun

Lecture of Prof. Brüggemann: Biomechanics in skiing

Video analysis facility on the glacier


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