Technology as a training tool

Last Saturday I had an opportunity to test out some technology with local Paralympic athlete Sam MacIntosh.

I was introduced to the Push Band technology at Illinois Wheelchair Athletics last year and have been getting to know it more in my personal training.

Traditionally these are used in a gym setting measuring velocity and power and are a fantastic tool for coaches to adapt trading to better suit the athlete and their goals.

I was investigating if the unit could capture data during the push (focusing on the start phase) in a racing wheelchair.

I looked at to placement points for the band, above the elbow and below, and had Sam replicate a race start a dozen times.

We got some data and video and it all looks good so far. Now I just need to work out what it means and how we can translate that in the gym!

Stay tuned

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