RESEARCHERS from Coventry University have been working with Bromsgrove Tennis Club to develop new technology which aims to reduce the number of times elite players get injured.
New motion-capture sensor technology which generates 3D computer images gives players an insight to how they move and the effects the sport is having on their bodies.
Players will wear a suit with 17 sensors to capture detailed data which will be transferred it to a computer, showing a 3D moving avatar of the player, their skeleton, joints and more than 600 muscles.
It also shows the players and their coaches the movement of the ball and the racket, the impact playing tennis has on their skeletons and how injuries could be avoided.
James Griffiths, head coach at Bromsgrove Tennis Club, said: “This could be really valuable to elite players in terms of injury prevention.
“The 3D video really highlights to the players what loads they are placing on different muscles.
“It’s far better than what I get from watching them with my naked eye.”
Story by Jamie Bush.