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Bosch, S. and Shoaib, M. and Geerlings, Stephen and Buit, Lennart and Meratnia, N. and Havinga, P.J.M. (2015) Analysis of Indoor Rowing Motion using Wearable Inertial Sensors. In: Proceedings of the 10th EAI International Conference on Body Area Networks, BODYNETS 2015, 28-30 Sep 2015, Sydney, Australia. ACM.
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In this exploratory work the motion of rowers is analyzed while rowing on a rowing machine. This is performed using inertial sensors that measure the orientation at several positions on the body. Using these measurements, this work provides a preliminary analysis of the differences between experienced and novice rowers, or between a good and a bad technique. The analysis shows that the measured postural angles show no clear trend that would set apart experienced and novice rowers or a bad and a good technique. However, there are clear differences in absolute postural angle’s consistency and timing consistency of strokes between novice and experienced rowers. We also applied a machine learning technique to the data to find the similarities between different rowers and an experienced reference rower. The results can be used to compare the quality of the rowing technique with respect to a reference. In this paper, we present our initial results as well as the challenges that need to be further explored.
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