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UniSA research may benefit Australian Olympic team

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Researchers at the University of South Australia (UniSA) have developed a technology that measures changes in the heart rates of athletes to determine their recovery from training and competition. The technology could be ready for use by the Australian team at the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

The technology, which is patented by UniSA, is being developed together with the South Australian Sports Institute and a Finnish heart rate monitor company.

The research team at UniSA’s Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) are currently recruiting athletes to refine the technology before developing the final test marker.

Currently, coaches and athletes do not have specific markers that can alert them when someone is not recovering well and is thus at risk of poor performance or injury. More qualitative methods are used to assess recovering athletes such as by asking them how they feel. However this new technology, which can be used across a number of sports, will enable coaches to apply a measurement to determine how recovered or fatigued an athlete is.

Athletes are tested on a treadmill, which allows the speed of exercise to be controlled, and a measurement is developed from their heart-rate data. In the long term, researchers aim to develop a field test that can be used by athletes anywhere in the world.

The research team is calling for high-level athletes to take part in final trials with the aim of making the technology available to athletes competing in the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in 18 months.

For more information on how the technology works, read the original full article on ABC News.

 Find out more about UniSA's Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA).


Amanda Vanderput

Senior Digital Officer

Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment

University of South Australia

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