History of performance meters: the time record of Francesco Moser in 1984
How do performance meters work?
The 7 best meters of sports performance
We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
- Motion tracker/motion capture - among the performance meters, motion capture studies the kinematics of movements. It allows obtaining useful information on the positions gradually taken by the different body segments, within a predefined volume, calculating angles, speeds, accelerations and distances useful to understand in detail and complete the gesture made by athletes, in order to improve it as a function of performance.
- Cameras for thermographic analysis - measures that allow measuring in real time and in a non-invasive way the temperature of the body and its individual parts, in order to prevent possible injuries and to better understand phenomena such as vasoconstriction.
Cyclist Francesco Moser's record sets 35 years ago in Mexico City thanks to state-of-the-art technologies such as measuring devices.
- Slow-motion cameras - to fully understand the athletic gesture, compare it with that of other athletes and determine how many and which improvements can be encouraged through special measures or training. This type of meter allows you to work best on the equipment and to prevent possible injuries.
- Exercise test systems - gauges used in sport to analyze the reaction of the body under stress. They can be made with a bicycle (ergometer) or a rotating mat and can combine electrocardiogram, pressure measurement and spirometry analysis, to better understand the exchanges of intrapulmonary gases.
- Force, dynamics and stability platforms - gauges to study how the weight is discharged to the ground and how muscular force is applied and used (isometric, isokinetic, explosive). These platforms are connected to a PC that, thanks to dedicated software, detects force, speed, acceleration, power, height during a jump, etc.
- Metabolimeter - allows the evaluation of athletes in different types of movement: running, rowing, pedaling that they can perform on racing or training equipment. The gas analysis allows you to identify the trigger point of anaerobic metabolisms (anaerobic threshold) and maximum heart rate, to design customised and measurable training routines.
- Electromyography - thanks to this instrument it is possible to record and analyze the electrical signal generated by the muscles during their contraction. It is not only used in the medical field, to distinguish possible muscular diseases from those of the peripheral nervous system but also in the study of movement control, muscle tremors (measuring muscle tension) and in the study of walking.