The Netherlands-based Roessingh Research & Development, a research facility focusing on ambulatory three-dimensional human motion analysis, is utilizing Analog Devices’ iMEMS inertial sensors to enhance the performance and decrease injury risk of competitive rowers.
The Dutch research center is utilizing the Xsens MVN system devised by the Netherlands-based Xsens Technologies to analyze kinematics of rowing and connected implications for competitive rowing. The Xsens MVN system features Analog Devices’ MEMS inertial sensing technology along with sophisticated biomechanical models and sensor fusion algorithms to provide precise three-dimensional motion and kinematic output.
Using MVN, coaches can get the precise and detailed data about the behavior, timing and motion of each rower or rowing team. Xsens MVN is provided with 17 motion trackers having 17 Blackfin digital signal processors and over 80 superior-performance iMEMS inertial sensors of Analog Devices.
Analog Devices’ iMEMS inertial sensors are a combination of its superior-performance signal processing technology and iMEMS sensor designs to offer unprecedented movement sensing performance. During the pilot studies of Roessingh Research & Development, Xsens MVN system worn by the rowers, transferred data through the rowing coach assistant (RCA) software application developed by the Dutch research center utilizing Xsens MVN SDK to reproduce the real-time, three-dimensional motion of the rowers accurately.
RCA’s accurate and comprehensive analysis of rowing cycle data delivered the Dutch research center with a clear picture of coordination problems. By utilizing this information, rowing coaches can correct and improve movements and thus decrease the injury risk to the rowers.