Innovative three-dimensional (3D) system for assessment of climbers
A Bulgarian research unit with over 40 years of experience in R&D of specialised technologies and products developed an innovative computerised system for complex assessment of climbers. The institute seeks commercial agreements with technical assistance with companies in the sports sector, for implementation of the device and testing of new applications.
- Type of organisation sought: industrial partners; - Specific area of activity of the partner sought: companies working in the field of sports climbing, analysis of performance of athletes; sports sector; - Tasks to be performed: commercial agreements with technical assistance with companies interested in the implementation of the innovative product in their activities and processes with assistance and expertise provided by the institute with adaptation to their needs; testing of new applications. - Expected role of partner sought: Application of the expertise with the help of technical assistance.
The Bulgarian research unit has developed technologies and products along with research and industrial partners and that have applications in different fields such as aerospace, new materials and coatings, sensors, control units, automated systems, medical and sport applications and others. The institute has international experience with R&D institutions and companies and has implemented many project. Climbers, especially those involved in sports activities and competitions, need to have a tool for monitoring and assessment of their physical state and progress in order to be in top condition and have a competitive advantage. The innovative system developed by the institute addresses that issue allowing climbers to constantly monitor and assess their activities and offers a very versatile system for that use. The device consists of a dynamometer unit with sensors in all three dimension axes (X, Y and Z), with installation for mounting of climbing grip and system for transmitting of the data over wire and wireless high-speed radio-line. Technical details: - accuracy of transformation - 12 bits - frequency conversion - 125 Hertz. - data transmission speed - 115.2 kilobits per second - dynamic range of measurement along all three axes (X, Y, Z) - ± 2 kilonewtons The innovative product also has control software with options for setting of different load models (different tests and their variants), calculation of mechanical parameters analysis, storage and retrieval of data. A specialised stand with display for feedback in real-time supports the assessment and control of the intensity and duration of muscle contractions through graphics and sound signaling, and a mechanical system for fixation of the upper limbs. Adjustments may also be made according to the anthropometric characteristics of the athletes. The main functions of the innovative product are: - testing and evaluation of specific force and muscular endurance of the flexors of the fingers of climbers; - evaluation of the dynamic parameters during the climbing activities with aim to improve the climbing techniques of the athletes; - measurement of the maximum strength and strength endurance during isometric contractions of the different muscle groups. The research institute seeks commercial agreements with technical assistance with manufacturers that have R&D in the sports and climbing sectors for adaptation of the device to their needs and also for testing of new applications, providing the necessary know-how and expertise.
Advantages and innovations
- the innovative device is adaptive and may be used for inclusive diagnostics of specific force and performance in climbing activities; - it excels in comparison to competitors with its variety of tests - for muscle strength, continuous and intermittent tests for muscle endurance, tests for maximum force during the whole time period and others; - the different working modes make it possible to measure and evaluate various physical properties, as well as, physiological functions (local aerobic and anaerobic capacity). - precise calculation of mechanical parameters, in line with the restrictive requirements of the test; - there is an option for processing by various criteria: type of test, sex, qualification of the studied person, date and time frame of the conducted the experiments and export of the results in tabular form for additional analysis and processing purposes - which has no analogue in other devices.
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