What a week – Elite Form, Skill Acquistion, Bowling technology and David Epstein..a huge week for SABEL

Mitch and demo the ICC arm action technology to Cricket Australia high performance team

Mitch, Dan and Jono demo the ICC arm action technology to Cricket Australia high performance team

This past few weeks has been pretty exciting for elite sport up in Queensland and SABEL Labs. First up Chris and the S&C boys at the QAS have just installed a state of the art video based lifting system in the gym. When I say video its actually a distancing video system (like Xbox Kinect uses and then some). Its called Elite Form http://www.eliteform.com/ and used in some of the professional leagues in the states.

Thus lifting in the gym is recorded in a paperless way as athlete moves from station to station. Not only are the weights and the number of lifts recorded, but so to is the rate of the lift. This gives all kinds of information on the quality of the lift which can only be a good thing. Find out more about the system here..
As a researcher its been exciting to see the technology move from an idea first seen at an SPIE conference back in 2006 to exploiting the off the shelf KInect system for game based analysis (See Simons paper ), to now being a pervasive and u obtrusive system in a Gym.
Later on, courtesy of QAS Sports Science, one of Australia’s leading lights in skill acquisition Damien Farrow (AIS and Victoria University) gave an excellent introduction to the field, an overview of  who’s who in Australian Skill Acq. in Australia and well as to adderss some emerging trends, talk about the path to expertise, an an honourable mention for technology. Here a clip of Damien’s work ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLQZBJiJ_cI
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David Epstein in Australia

David Epstein at Cricket Australia

Later we presented our wearable illegal arm action technology at the Cricket Australia Science, Coaching and Medicine conference at the newly established National Cricket Centre at Albion, along with Jono and Mitch. It was a veritable who’s who of the coaching and high performance cricket in Australia with a liberal sprinkling of current and past cricket players it was an exciting opportunity to give an update on our world with the ICC in the past few years. Luckily we know our googly from our doosra!

A key note at the conference was David Epstein, author of ‘The Sports Gene’ http://thesportsgene.com
 who treated us to his take on the 10, 000 hours to proficiency that is much (,mis)used  in the popular press. See his TED talk here. David takes a more biological approach as he looks at the nature vs. nurture arguments among other things.  Turning out he’s a training partner of Outliers’, Malcom Gladwell (another author who has looked at 10,000 hours).  I had the opportunity to have a chat with David over lunch about his work, career and the lively dialogue he shares with Malcom. David was until recently a regular writer for sports illustrated (there goes my opportunity to buy the magazine for professional reasons)
All in all its sad to have to head back to the lab…but a most illuminating week or so!
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About Daniel James

Dan has been working with technology ever since he discovered he had opposable thumbs. Along the way he worked in sports technology, radio physics, glaciology, IT in banking, cognitive psychology and sports science. Before parenthood took over he enjoyed playing classical music, adventure sports and dabbling in martial arts. Today AFK finds him camping and wrestling with his boys.

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