E-TEXTILES in Sports
Multiple projects supported by Interreg
e-Textiles; a new generation of wearables
Unique insights and even personal coaching through a smart piece of clothing while performing your sports activities. Receive feedback on the quality of your movement, body parameters and environmental factors, become aware of what influences you.
Kinetic Analysis created several smart garments over the last years in collaboration with partners throughout Europe.
The 'Smart Sports Textiles' projects focused on endurance athletes in the field of cycling and the sport of athletics. This smart shirt, in general, is used to get a better insight into the quality of movement of an athlete and optimize this way to perform better. Currently, Kinetic Analysis collects data on various parameters coming from the shirt via their mobile running app or smartwatch.
The 'Smart Sports Textiles' project combines sensor data from 15 sensors in a shirt, getting insight into sports biomechanics and heart functioning. The advantages are a unique insight in both physiology and biomechanics that is being collected real-time and leads to a better understanding of performance and injury incidence.
This 'smart shirt for runners' is designed for the consumer market and enables users to identify training loads and get notified when fatigue occurs. The smart 'onboard computer' gives easy to use feedback on one's running style and helps the runners to train for optimal performance. Using the 'Smart shirt', the run will become more free, faster and with reduced risk of injury.
PR's will get crushed using this unique smart garment.
Prevent lower back pain by detecting fatigue and maintain correct spinal allignment.
A correct bike-set-up is crucial for back health. Despite that, a Norwegian study on 116 elite road cyclists showed that 94% of this group had suffered overuse injury during the previous year. More than half of the cyclists experienced lower-back pain during the last year. On this elite level, incorrect bike geometry wasn't a likely factor in causing these issues.
When cyclists pedal to exhaustion their hamstring and calf muscles become more tired leading to changes in muscle movement patterns. These changing patterns mainly affect the lower back and knees due to altered spinal posture. To prevent lower back pain, we aim to avoid poor movement patterns occurring due to fatigue and maintain correct spinal alignment. In this Cycling Textiles case the University of Gent and Kinetic Analysis collaborate in developing new measurement techniques using smart garments to capture lower back posture in the smallest detail.