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!