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Dr. David Gerhard contributes to swimming research under an "Innovation for Gold" Grant (Expired)

Dr. David Gerhard, a faculty member in our department, is participating in a grant received by Dr. John Barden, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. Dr. Barden received a $110,700 grant to aid the Canadian National Swim team in making gains at the next Summer Olympics. The grant is an "Innovation for Gold" grant and it is part of the Own the Podium initiative.

Dr. Gerhard will be applying acoustic algorithms developed for the music industry to decipher the data collected from sensors (called accelerometers) attached to swimmers' bodies. The data is examined to determine stroke rate, body roll, velocity, etc. The data is also matched with video taken from above and underwater to provide a detailed description of the swimmers' motions. Athletes and their coaches can using the resulting information to make changes to the execution of swim strokes.

In a recent interview, Dr. Barden stated, "Acoustic analysis of the motion sensor data appears to provide better and more accurate analysis of parameters such as changes in the swimmer's stroke rate, which can help athletes improve their consistency and performance."

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