Aggregating multiple body sensors for analysis in sports
Smeaton, Alan F. and Diamond, Dermot and Kelly, Philip and Moran, Kieran and Lau, King-Tong and Morris, Deirdre and Moyna, Niall and O'Connor, Noel E. and Zhang, Ke (2008) Aggregating multiple body sensors for analysis in sports. In: pHealth 2008 - 5th International Workshop on Wearable Micro and Nanosystems for Personalised Health, 21-23 May 2008, Valencia, Spain.
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Real time monitoring of the wellness of sportspersons, during their sporting activity and training, is important in order to maximise performance during the sporting event itself and during training, as well as being important for the health of the sportsperson overall. We have combined a suite of common, off-the-shelf sensors with specialist body sensing technology we are developing ourselves and constructed a software system for recording, analysing and presenting sensed data gathered from a single player during a sporting activity, a football match. We gather readings for heart rate, galvanic skin response, motion, heat flux, respiration, and location (GPS) using on-body sensors, while simultaneously tracking player activity using a combination of a playercam video and pitch-wide video recording. We have aggregated all this sensed data into a single overview of player performance and activity which can be reviewed, post-event. We are currently working on integrating other non-invasive methods for real-time on-body monitoring of sweat electrolytes and pH via a textile-based sweat sampling and analysis platform. Our work is heading in two directions; firstly from post-event data aggregation to real-time monitoring, and secondly, to convert raw sensor readings into performance indicators that are meaningful to practitioners in the field.
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