Lately, the advances in commonly used everyday items has increased dramatically. We have cell phones that can double as MP3 players, as well as having internet capabilities, video consultations on our computers, digital cameras that can download right to the computer and then be sent in for printing, and so on. One advantage that new technology has given many people is the ability to take more pictures in a short period of time. This has changed many methods of how coaches are able to train athletes.
With the benefits of being able to take rapid pictures, three per second and up, it allows the athlete to see their form, and pick out more of what they are doing wrong. This can be easier than slowing down a video because it shows each stage in a still frame. It's impossible for the human eye and brain to catch every movement that human body goes through when watching a golf swing, a pitcher, etc.
Computerized motion analysis is the newest method of aiding coaches in their training efforts that is available. Although this is one of the best resources you can get to monitor the progress and flaws of an athlete, this sort of technology requires expertise in computers, software, and photography to be used correctly and most effectively. It isn't always easy to jump into a program that you have little background knowledge in, and manipulating and identifying software so that it is most beneficial to you takes more than just common sense. This is why the computer motion analysis systems are still in their beginning stages.
New technology will need to become available to allow easier compatibility with coaches and athletes, enabling them to use this type of software without first going to school and getting a PhD. Well, obviously it's not like that, but who wants to go learn about all sorts of other things that have to do with computers if you just want to help improve your athlete? You could hire someone now, for the time being, until the software has all glitches and ease of use increases, and some say it's worth it. With how much competition has increase, times running within hundredths of seconds of each other, maybe this ability to slow down and watch separated still frames is the answer. I suppose, as with anything else, it's up to you and the resources you have available. These companies who manufacture the software do promise in the future easier use for all.
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