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Development of a Low-Cost IMU for Swimmers’ Evaluation

Morouço, P. ; Correia, P.L. ; Pinto, J. ; Félix, E. ; Silva, H.

Development of a Low-Cost IMU for Swimmers’ Evaluation, Proc International Conference on Biomechanics in Sport , Liverpool, United Kingdom, Vol. , pp. - , July, 2020.

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Abstract
Swimmers improvement is built on rigorous and controlled training. This work aimed to develop a light-weight, practical and low-cost inertial measurement unit (IMU) for swimming monitoring. A 21g device was optimized for including the data acquisition hardware (based on an attitude and heading reference system – AHRS). Eleven male swimmers with different skill levels tested the system under the four different swimming strokes. Based on the AHRS data, three novel indicators were developed: trunk elevation, body balance and body rotation; and anayzed on an individual basis. The proposed unit has unique features to be further explored for training monitoring.