Research Mentor(s): Peter Bodary, Clinical Assistant Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Movement Science, School of Kinesiology
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 3 (1pm-1:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 14
The goal of this research project is to enhance performance by using and analyzing various kinds of wearable devices. The devices include Athos leggings and the Amazon Halo in comparison with the better known FitBit Charge 3. The Athos leggings utilize electromyography sensors, which measure signals generated in the muscles when they are moved/contracted. The Halo and Charge 3 are able to capture heart rate by measuring volume change in the wrist capillaries through light sensitive photodiodes. Additionally, they are both able to use this data along with movement, captured by an accelerometer that measures movement along the X, Y, and Z axes, to give information about sleep, active minutes, and steps. Data was collected via apps that accompany the technology and analyzed through said apps and/or spreadsheets. Dance, ballet in particular, was looked at, and we were able to see the breakdown of the use of the different muscle groups as well as any left to right imbalances. This information can be helpful to athletes, as it can help indicate ways that training and practice should be altered in order to optimize performance.