Research into, and development of, smart boxing gear for the measurement and analysis of boxing related biomechanical parameters

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Much development work and scientific research has been conducted in recent years in the field of detecting human activity and the measurement of biomechanical performance parameters using portable sensor technologies, so-called wearable systems. As one of the oldest and most popular sports throughout the world, millions of people participating in the sport of boxing and martial arts these days. Despite the fact that boxers participating in one of the most vigorous and complex disciplines of all sports, it is one of the disciplines where no noteworthy, advanced performance analytic tools are used for training neither for competition purposes worldwide. Therefore, this research aimed to develop a comprehensive boxing monitoring system for the measurement and analysis of sport specific biomechanical parameters. The developed sensor system demonstrated high accuracies of up to R2 = 0.99 for punch force, acceleration and further data, compared to laboratory measuring instruments like a force plate and a motion capture camera system. The system was subsequently applied and tested to detect and analyze kinetic as well as kinematic data in a non-laboratory condition throughout the conducted studies.
The presented research work has not only revealed new fields of research in the sport of martial arts, but moreover provides new information in terms of sensor application, fist activity, center of pressure distribution, expert versus non-expert performance exertion and much more.
This research provides the fundamental framework for necessary research and data acquisition in the sport of boxing and martial arts to obtain information about the performance parameters by use of instrumented sport equipment.
Keywords: Instrumented sport equipment, boxing monitoring system, punch force, strike trajectory, punching technique
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKöln
PublisherDeutsche Sporthochschule Köln
Number of pages392
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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