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Kayaker Mike De Jonge sports the MMS in his 200m heats and the final of the 2012 games.

Kayaker Mike De Jonge sports the MMS in his 200m heats and the final of the 2012 games.

August 16, 2012

Silver medalist Adam Van Koeverdon and bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw were among a contingent of Canadian athletes to use a sophisticated, compact piece of technology invented at Camosun College's Sport Innovation Centre (SPIN) to help them train for and compete at the London Olympics. The device, known as MMS (multi sport measurement system) was commissioned by the Own the Podium movement in 2010 to help athletes and coaches track, analyze and refine motion and activity to enhance performance.

"The MMS device is a natural extension of SPIN's work with sensors, motion capture and technical garment integration," says Dr. Tim Walzak, Director of Camosun's Centre for Applied Research and Innovation. "By integrating our understanding of sensor technologies and bio-mechanics, we were able to provide Own the Podium with a solution to their focused and visionary mandate to improve Canadian athletic performance."

The MMS was refined, tested and benchmarked until it unit exhibited the degree of accuracy required by Own the Podium, and was suitable for Canada's elite athletes' rigorous training regimes.

"Our SPIN applied research team members, from PhD engineers to students in the early stages of their education, were all elated and proud to see our collaborative MMS efforts featured prominently in all the media coverage of Canadian paddlers," says Walzak.

How it works

The MMS software offers real-time data collection and transmission, and post-training analysis and feedback. The real-time view presents focused, clean, and easy-to-understand graphical and numerical information to the coach thereby enhancing the training experience. The post-training analysis mode adds fully synchronized video along to the graphical and numerical data. In the post-training mode a session can be played in real-time, viewed in slow-motion or analyzed frame-by-frame, forward or in reverse. These two modes combine to provide incisive and effective training opportunities. Training sessions become periods for progressive improvement based on reliable data capture, reinforcement of correct technique and effecting more efficient power production.

What's next for sport innovation?

Walzak isn't able to disclose many details of current and future projects, but MMS refinements will likely be among the exciting developments, making it more powerful, lighter and adaptable well beyond its current use in athletics, rowing, canoeing and kayaking.


Last updated: August 16, 2012 12:15 pm

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