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Health and Performance Assessment in Winter Sports

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Developments in technology and engineering related to digital health provide many solutions to examine and monitor health and performance in sports, gathering data related to motion, musculoskeletal morphology, physiology and psychology. Measurement systems, collected data, algorithms and data analytics help ...

Developments in technology and engineering related to digital health provide many solutions to examine and monitor health and performance in sports, gathering data related to motion, musculoskeletal morphology, physiology and psychology. Measurement systems, collected data, algorithms and data analytics help to extract relevant metrics, analyze performance, and document the training load and health, providing objective outcomes for coaching and useful information for physicians to prevent injury and keep athletes healthy.

A close coach-engineer-physician relationship ensures the success of a healthy sporting activity. This is particularly true with respect to the activity of the young athlete, who is at risk of suffering from long-term implications of sports participation and injury. The amount of injuries in the youth winter Olympic games (YOG) is still high, particularly in disciplines such as freestyle, alpine skiing, snowboarding and skeleton. Young athletes, however, are more familiar with digitalization and consequently more likely to get the most out of the use of new technologies.

This Research Topic emphasizes the link between health, performance and technology, and address current challenges in the design of innovative measuring systems, wearable sensors, and assessment protocols for examining and monitoring health and performance in winter sports.


Keywords: motion tracking, sensors, algorithms, diagnostics, digital health, biomechanics, imaging, physiology, psychology, injury prevention, performance enhancement, winter sport, young athlete


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