Analysis of swimming strokes can be used to evaluate the performance of swimmers and para swimmers and improve the efficiency of their movements. This analysis is generally done using video footage taken of the swimmer in action. Experts then manually break down the phases in the stroke and determine the most efficient part. However, this process presents several difficulties: the acquisition system is costly to put in place and the manual analysis is time-consuming, fastidious and subject to variations from one expert to another.
The project being carried out in collaboration with the swimming and parasport federations involves positioning sensors on the arms, pelvis and legs of the swimmer and developing automated tools to analyse and break down the swimming strokes based on data provided by the sensors.
Coaches can then quickly analyse a swimmer’s technique and maximise its effectiveness, efficiency or economy.