Tactical athlete training and performance monitoring using motion tape wearable sensors
Yun-An Lin, Kenneth J. Lohdownload PDF
Abstract. Physical, tactical, and field training are critical for improving warfighter physical performance and capabilities. Exercises and training events are typically supervised; however, group/team training and field exercises lack personalized supervision. While technologies such as optical motion capture (mocap) can capture detailed biomechanics, they are most conveniently used in indoor laboratory settings or in a pre-staged outdoor area. Commercial wearable sensors are readily available, but the data typically correspond to a discrete bodily location and only provide limited information about whether someone is moving, as opposed to how movements are being performed. To fill this gap, a self-adhesive, elastic fabric, nanocomposite skin-strain sensor was developed, extensively tested, and validated through human subject studies. It was found that these “Motion Tape” sensors were not only able to measure skin-strains during functional movements, but its measurements were also correlated with how muscles engage. In this study, Motion Tapes were worn at major muscle groups, and participants performed exercises that simulated military marksmanship training activities. Mocap measurements were also obtained to acquire baseline biomechanical movement data and to quantify typical marksmanship outcomes. Individuals (civilians) were first asked to perform a simulated rifle shooting task (i.e., incorrectly), before being asked to repeat the task (i.e., correctly) after being provided with instructions that targeted improved performance. The results confirmed that Motion Tape skin-strain measurements were able to differentiate between “incorrect” and “correct” movement sequences.
Biomechanics, Fabric, Human Performance, Marksmanship, Motion Capture, Movement, Muscle, Nanocomposite, Rifle, Shooting, Skin, Strain
Published online 3/30/2023, 8 pages
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Citation: Yun-An Lin, Kenneth J. Loh, Tactical athlete training and performance monitoring using motion tape wearable sensors, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 27, pp 292-299, 2023
The article was published as article 38 of the book Structural Health Monitoring
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