RADAR technology for Shot Put metrics
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RADAR technology for Shot Put metrics

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Track & Field is joining other sports in integrating emerging technologies to enhance sport performance. In an article for TechRepublic, Asha McLean talks to USOC senior sports technologist Phil Cheetham about integrating radar technology to instantly analyze shot put throws. Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs were apparently aided by knowing metrics such as release height, angle and velocity as well as overall throw distance instantly during training sessions in the run up to the 2016 Olympics were they won Gold and Silver.

Since 2013 the NBA has used SportVU cameras installed in arenas to track every player on the court and the ball to provide coaches and players with advanced, detalied stats of individual performance. Coaches and scientists have long used motion capture technology in multiple sports to analyze biomechanics and prescribe adjustments. Innovation has long been part of Track & Field and using technology to enhance what coaches do can provide a huge benefit to the athlete. To continue to improve and reach a new level, especially for world class athletes like Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs, sometimes innovation can help. It will be interesting to see how technology continues to shape coaching and training techniques over the coming years.

Read the TechRepublic article here https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-wearable-sensors-helped-the-us-olympic-team-win-121-medals-at-rio/

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Images: 2016 Olympic Games