SNOW PROJECTS

img_0886An overview of recent performance based projects focussed on elite-level snowboarding and links to relevant papers and project results.  Note: Not all of the projects listed here and their associated pages will be available to everyone.  Projects focussed specifically upon enhancing the competitive performance of specific athletes and the information contained within certain papers and publications will be password protected.

 

 

 

 

img_96091.   Introduction

A brief insight into an overall approach recently taken to enhance both current athletic training protocols and competition judging criteria associated with elite-level snowboarding.  This approach has focused on introducing a technologically based, objective method of athlete monitoring into a sport (such as half-pipe snowboarding) that has relied on purely subjective performance assessment protocols since inception.  Aware of the potential sociological impact often associated with the introduction of new approaches to training and competition judging criteria, the exploration of these ideas has included a regular assessment of the community perception toward the integration of what I like to call ‘automated objectivity’ into their sporting discipline. More…

 

 

andy-finch-2007-burton-open2.  Performance Variables And Competitive Success 

There are certain factors within the sport of half-pipe snow boarding that have a large effect on competitive performance and additionally on how free-riding performance is perceived.  A number of these factors can be expressed in an objective manner and are defined as ‘key performance variables’.  In terms of half-pipe snowboarding, they include air-time, amplitude and degree of rotation.  Of course there are numerous important facets of half-pipe snowboarding performance (such as style and execution) that play a large role in how a run is perceived however these are impossible to assess in an objective manner and are difficult to standardise for reliable performance assessment.  This section deals specifically with the aspects of half-pipe snowboarding that can be assessed objectively and that have been proven to impart a large impact on competitive performance.  The papers and pages within this section also outlines how coaches and athletes can utilise this objective information to enhance their routine performance monitoring en- route to competitive success and how judges may be able to use this information to enhance the reliability of performance assessment within elite-level competition.  More …

 

ben-mates-spin-web3. Micro-Technology And Its Role In Performance Monitoring

Advancements in technology are now providing coaches and athletes with the capacity to routinely and objectively assess certain facets of performance within the field.  With regard to half-pipe snowboarding, micro-technology based around accelerometers and rate gyroscopes can now accurately and reliably calculate objective information on the key performance variables of air-time and degree of rotation.  These developments are proposed to allow coaches, athletes and competition judges access to automated objective information specific to half-pipe snowboarding and thereby open up a number of innovative opportunities for enhanced athlete monitoring and competition judging protocols.  More …

 

 

nate-johnstone-highest-air-time-ii4.  The Integration Of Automated Objectivity 

The integration of innovative concepts such as using automated objectivity provided by micro-technology to enhance routine athletic monitoring and to enhance current competition judging protocols in a sport that has always utilised a purely subjective performance assessment method was always going to be a tricky process.  Our solution was to conduct a concept event called the ‘AIS Micro-Tech Pipe Challenge (conducted on July 30th 2007) which was primarily designed to integrate micro-technology based feedback into the overall performance assessment methods associated with elite-level half-pipe snowboarding competition.  By conducting this event we were also able to evaluate whether the snowboard community would embrace a competition where results were in part determined by automated objectivity, explore the practical, logistical and technical challenges associated with conducting such an event and evaluate the relationship between subjective judging and results predicted from objective information to see if our prior research (assessing the effect objective key performance variables such as air time and degree of rotation have on competition scores) had ecological validity.  More … 

 

pipe-guys5.  Sociological Impact

Technology often has unintended consequences and can affect change beyond it original intention.  The concept of objective key performance variables and the integration of technologically based automated objectivity into a sport such as half-pipe snowboarding was always going to generate some raised eyebrows and general concern from the practice community.  The potential sociological impact associated with integrating such concepts was an important underlying theme during the projects focussed on key performance variables and the development of technologically based automated objectivity.  As such, the practice community (coaches, athletes and judges) were regularly consulted for their perceptions of the concept, their opinion regarding its potential and most importantly, their advice on how to improve on the overall idea.  This section includes a number of papers and interviews focussed on the potential sociological impact and the practice community perception to integrating automated objectivity into the sport of half-pipe snowboarding.  More …

 

img_78986.  Snowboard Boarder-Cross Racing Research 

SBX is fast becoming one of the premier events at the Winter Olympics.  It is fast, tight and dangerous snowboard racing and the courses have been getting bigger, more technical and better designed each international season.  There are some crucial components to SBX competitive success and this section deals with a number of those components in an objective manner.  Please note that much of this research is confidential and hence the pages are password protected.  If you are not an athlete or coach directly involved with this research you will not be able to gain access.  More …

 

 

 

media-burton-open-20077.  Media

This section deals with the media coverage of certain facets of these projects.  More … 

 

 

 

 

 

jason-harding8.  International Awards

I often perceive the promotion of academic award wins as a bit of a self-indulgent wank but I was once told that you ‘take them when you can get them’ and so this section deals with any awards associated with specific projects.  They definitely provide a positive public perception of the companies, institutes and organisations that provide support for the projects and are therefore worthwhile promoting.  More …

 

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