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The science of swimming:UVA math professor doing cool things on nat'l level

Pretty cool read on how UVA math professor Ono is helping the UVA swim team. He is consulted on at the national level as well as a leader in this area.

One excerpt:

Using a variety of sensors and a series of underwater cameras, Ono captures information about how swimmers move in the water and how they execute turns at the wall and about factors that are much more difficult to see, like how their bodies create unwanted drag and resistance and how they’re expending energy unnecessarily.

After a session with an athlete, Ono graphs the swimmer’s acceleration and the g-forces acting against them and compares it to the efforts of some of the many world-class and Olympic athletes he’s worked with to identify opportunities for improvement and optimization. The tweaks could be as simple as changing how deeply a swimmer dives into the pool, the way they anticipate a turn or just the way they hold their head in the water – adjustments that seem inconsequential, but could mean the difference between winning an Olympic medal and finishing off the medal stand.

“The secret weapon,” Ono says, “is that I’m studying these streams of acceleration data to identify which of the things that you can spot are the important ones.”

Link: Professor One doing some cool stuff

Posted: 01/07/2022 at 08:39AM


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