SABEL Guest Lectures

To kick off the month we were treated to two guest lectures by two of our esteemed SABEL colleagues, A/Prof Tomohito Wada and Dr. Jim Lee discussing their home institutions and how they embrace sports science and technology.


Tomohito is a director of the Information Technology Centerfor Sports Sciences, National Institute of Fitness and Sports (NIFS) in Kanoya, Japan. During his talk he showed off his seriously impressive research facilities, some of which can be seen in the video below but includes instrumented; baseball pitches, tennis courts, football pitch, running track, and swimming pools. As well as a plethora of sports tech to measure it including a 28 camera Vicon System, Trackman system, force plates including a 50m stretch of linked force plates, ZXY wearable real time tracking system and many other bespoke innovations. The centre is truly a sports tech heaven and all the guys here are looking at flights to go over for a visit.



Dr. Jim Lee from Charles Darwin University (a longstanding member of SABEL in his own right!) inspired us to think differently about the way we teach shedding light on the “flipping the classroom” model he uses to drive his students in the biomechanics and sports science domain. His blog,, is well worth a look if not for his page ‘the long and the Shorts of it’ showing off some of Jim’s questionable fashion sense. He also delved into his current research areas of creating safer work places and boosting physical literacy and how he is practically applying biomechanics and wireless sensor technologies to transform people’s lives. He finished up his presentation with some of the do’s and don’ts for anyone visiting the great Northern Territory – some beautiful sights, but well advised to stay out of the water unless you want to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s not-so-friendly crocodiles…


One thought on “SABEL Guest Lectures

  1. jimqstc

    Reblogged this on Jim's Sports Lab and commented:

    Here is a reblog from Where Jim gave a lecture along side of Associate Professor Tomohito Wada. Tomo-san’s video clip is worth having a look at. It shows off the Sports Performance Laboratory where he is based – Kanoya, Japan



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