Communicating and using biomechanical measures through visual cues to optimise safe and effective rowing

Alison H. McGregor, Erica Buckeridge, Andrew J. Murphy, Anthony M. J. Bull

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The use of representations of physiological parameters to an athlete and coach during training is becoming increasingly common. Their utility is enhanced when the appropriate data are captured and communicated in real time for the athlete to make training adjustments immediately. The aim of this work was to develop a biofeedback tool for ergometer rowing by creating a data acquisition system, data analysis and interpretation that could be conducted in real time and a feedback system with appropriate cues to the athlete. This 14-year study resulted in a set of measured parameters with inferred correlations between the directly measured parameters acquired during the activity and performance and injury outcome measures. These parameters were represented through a customisable visual display in real time during ergometer training. An athlete and coach open survey was conducted to assess the utility of the biofeedback tool. This survey found that all parties valued the feedback system since it provided a common language to identify body motion and performance parameters in a way that was accessible and meaningful to all parties as well as available during training and coaching. Athletes noted that it helped them to understand body segment motion and its relation to performance, and both coaches and medical staff valued this in enhancing performance and monitoring injury and injury prediction. There was also speculation that the system helps to underpin coaching practice and its translation to the team. The biofeedback tool has been adopted by the British elite rowing squad.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-252
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology
Issue number4
Early online date10 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


  • Biofeedback
  • biomechanics
  • injury
  • performance
  • rowing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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