Staff, from left to right:
Gunmarie Persson, Hospitality Industry/social media
Kee Bergman, Project Manager/Market strategist
Magnus Jacobsson, App developer
Michaela Hoernfeldt, Programmer
Matej Supej, Senior Supervisor/Professor
HC Holmberg, International Senior Supervisor/Professor
Benedikt Fasel, Case Supervisor/Doctor
Alessandro Galloppini, Performance Engineer
Mathias Gilgien, Case Supervisor/Associate Professor
Adam Olofsson, Programmer
Mads Kjaer Madsen, Internships
Lars Hallstroem, Internships
Gustaf Holst, Internship inlines
Sophie Brundin, Internship public health
Marko Laaksonen, Senior Supervisor/Associate Professor
Feeling brave? Email us about internships!
With our excellent knowledge within sports- and performance technology, we create solutions and products that are not yet out there, we create tracking systems, working with sensor technology, Artificial Intelligence and many things within sports, health and outdoor that might come our way.

190303 Frida Karlsson, Ski Team Sweden – the new medal machine! Check out our short cell phone pic-mix from the XC World Championships! This might be the sport for YOU…ever tried skiing?

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Junior-skier Frida Karlsson chasing Norways Ingvild Oestberg in ladies 30 km on her way towards bronze. Frida will travel back to Sweden with one gold, one silver and one bronze – three medals out of five for the ladies team.[]

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Junior-skier Frida Karlsson chasing Norways Ingvild Oestberg in ladies 30 km on her way towards bronze. Frida will travel back to Sweden with one gold, one silver and one bronze – three medals out of five for the ladies team. Congratulations!
Click here for all results: https://www.seefeld2019.com/en/wsc-days
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Check out our cell phone pic-mix of the amazing Swedish medalists from the World Championships in crosscountry skiing in Seefeld!
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Above: A pic-mix from the “golden” sprint relay and the amazing “gold medal-race” 4 x 5 km relay, more on the gold-team here: https://www.svt.se/sport/langdskidor/stafett

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Above: Caught from behind the trees during the ladies 30 km.
To be fair….lets also finish with some of the great Norweigans, the men´s team grabbed six gold medals – with four different athletes, that is how broad and competitive this team is!
Below Hans-Christer Holund, the 50 kilometers winner and Therese Johaug during the 30 kilometers race that she won. Congratulations Norway, enjoy before we get you!
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190221 World Championships in cross country skiing – Stina Nilsson silver medal, and we have only started! Support Ski Team Sweden! Find link to schedule here!

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Three Swedish skiiers partcipated in the sprint finals – and watch out, we are just getting started!
Check this link for the full schedule – dont miss the exciting races!
https://www.expressen.se/sport/langdskidor/skid-vm-2019-i-seefeld-allt-du-behover-veta/

 

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Three Swedish skiiers partcipated in the sprint finals – and watch out, we are just getting started!
Check this link for the full schedule – dont miss the exciting races!
https://www.expressen.se/sport/langdskidor/skid-vm-2019-i-seefeld-allt-du-behover-veta/

 

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190218 Swedish silver medal to Anna Swenn-Larsson…and Austrias gold medalist Marcel Hirscher written into history!

On Saturday Anna Swenn-Larsson won the silver medal in slalom with Michaela Schiffrin, USA in first place. Congratulations Anna!
Annas support team, both spectators and team, went wild when this Swedish medal finally came in. The final days gave us warm and pleasant weather but it was for sure the memory of the medal that will remain.

On Saturday Anna Swenn-Larsson won the silver medal in slalom with Michaela Schiffrin, USA in first place. Congratulations Anna!
Annas support team, both spectators and team, went wild when this Swedish medal finally came in. The final days gave us warm and pleasant weather but it was for sure the memory of the medal that will remain.

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190218 Alpine skiers characterized in unique study by professors in Mid Sweden University´s – Internet of Sports project! Follow us!

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How much does it really mean that we do science in skiing?
A lot – for different reasons!
By skiing efficiently you decrease the risk of injuries, and of course any skiier that competes also want to be faster[]

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How much does it really mean that we do science in skiing?
A lot – for different reasons!
By skiing efficiently you decrease the risk of injuries, and of course any skiier that competes also want to be faster and this attracts more young people to the sport, both as competitors and for exercise. Speed puts alpine skiing on the map!

The following quoted from professor HC Holmberg:

Alpine skiing has been an Olympic event since the first Winter Games, 1936 and at the World Championships the skiers compete in four main events: slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill.

The duration of a single run and the average and maximal (avg/max) speed for these events are slalom (SL, 52 s, 54 km/h), giant slalom (GS, 77 s, 65/85 km/h), Super-G (SG, 93 s, 86/110 km/h), and downhill (DH, 121 s, 94/150 km/h), says Professor H-C Holmberg.

Substantial improvements in slope preparation, design of courses, equipment, and the skills have all helped Alpine skiing attain its present significance. Improved snow preparation has resulted in harder surfaces and improved equipment allows a more direct interaction between the skier and snow. At the same time, courses have become more challenging, with technical disciplines requiring more pronounced patterns of loading and unloading, with greater ground reaction forces and peaks as high as 5 x body weight.

The wide variety of terrain, slopes, gate setups and snow conditions involved requires skiers to continuously adapt, alternating between carving and skidding turning techniques. The technical complexity places a premium on minimizing energy dissipation, employing strategies and ski equipment that minimize ski-snow friction and aerodynamic drag. Access to multiple split times along the racing course, in combination with analysis of the trajectory and speed provide information that can be utilized to enhance performance. Although the biomechanics of alpine skiing have significantly improved, several questions concerning optimization of skiers’ performance remain to be investigated.

In addition, skiers have adapted their training to meet the new physiological and biomechanical demands. In the manuscript “The Training of Olympic Alpine Ski Racers” we describe how the elite skiers from four of the major alpine ski racing nations prepared for the Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018.

Olympic alpine skiers typically train and compete on snow for 130–150 days each year. Depending on the time of year, SL training consists of 2–12 runs with 40–60 turns (each lasting about 0.8 s) for a total of 100–700 changes in direction during a session. Each of these changes involves a sharp increase in ground reaction force, which can be as high as 5 times body weight (the highest for all skiing disciplines). In comparison, GS training consists of 2–12 runs with 25–50 turns (each lasting about 1.4 s) resulting in a total of 50–600 changes in direction, each involving maximal ground reaction forces of approximately 3.2 times BW, says Associate Professor Mathias Gilgien.

Alpine ski racing requires mastery of a broad spectrum of physical, technical, mental, and social skills. The publication provide unique information and describes the athletes typical exercise programs with respect to physical conditioning, ski training and periodization, based on interviews with the coaching staff. Moreover, we describe how elite alpine skiers and teams deal with the multifactorial nature of the training required and on the basis of the findings propose how training for alpine ski racing might be further improved.

Contacts 

Professor H-C Holmberg at Mid Sweden University in Östersund, Sweden; hc.holmberg@miun.se

Associate professor Mathias Gilgien at Norwegian Schoold for Sports in Oslo; matthias.gilgien@nih.no

Professor Matej Supej at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Matej.Supej@fsp.uni-lj.si

Publications

1.    Gilgien M,  Reid R, Raschner C, Supej M and  Holmberg H-C. The Training of Olympic Alpine Ski Racers. Frontiers in Physiology Feb 2019; https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2018.01772/full

2.   Supej M, Holmberg H-C, Recent Kinematic and Kinetic Advances in Olympic Alpine Skiing: Pyeongchang and Beyond, Frontiers in Physiology Dec 2018; https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2019.00111/abstract

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190212 Science can make the difference also in World Championships team-event!

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Team-event – today the alpine skiing team-event took place in Åre in the World Championship: the best skiers competed for their national teams on a slalom[]

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Team-event – today the alpine skiing team-event took place in Åre in the World Championship: the best skiers competed for their national teams on a slalom course. This is a very exciting and challenging event! The course is very short (it took around 25 seconds for each skier to get to the finish line), meaning that the time difference between two athletes competing in the same run is often just a few hundreds of a second. The smallest details can make a big difference. This is where the technologies that our project is developing for Ski Team Sweden can be beneficial for the athletes: our system allows to track the position of the skier on the slope and have a detailed insight of their performance. For example, we are able to provide the speed of the athlete along the whole slope, the timings between two gates, the turn radius at each gate and many other parameters. Moreover, we can compare data among skiers, giving the coaches a tool to take the best out of each athlete.
Today Ski Team Sweden did great, but unfortunately was beaten by the unstoppable Suisse team, which won the gold. I can now go home happy, since the Italian team won the bronze medal: good job!

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190211 Hiring sharp app developer NOW, is that you?

We are looking for a sharp app developer fulltime for 10 months, if you know someone qualified that would like to spend rest of the year in our World Championship environment in the mountain village of Aare, Sweden, welcome them to apply.

Just click on the link below!

Have a good week!

https://www.miun.se/en/meet-mid-sweden-university/career/jobs/vacancy/application-developer/

 

We are looking for a sharp app developer fulltime for 10 months, if you know someone qualified that would like to spend rest of the year in our World Championship environment in the mountain village of Aare, Sweden, welcome them to apply.

Just click on the link below!

Have a good week!

https://www.miun.se/en/meet-mid-sweden-university/career/jobs/vacancy/application-developer/

 

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190208 Listen to Swedish Radio P4 Jaemtland today and hear interviews with Kee Bergman, Matej Supej and CEO Ski Team Sweden, Tommy Eliasson-Winter!

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Professor Matej Supej, CEO Ski Team Sweden; Tommy Eliasson-Winter and project manager Kee Bergman will be interviewed on P4 briefly during the morning news, and again after lunch around 12.30 pm. Don´t miss it!

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Professor Matej Supej, CEO Ski Team Sweden; Tommy Eliasson-Winter and project manager Kee Bergman will be interviewed on P4 briefly during the morning news, and again after lunch around 12.30 pm. Don´t miss it!

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190207 Sofie is supporting Ski Team Sweden from the mountain in Aare!

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The World Championships in Aare have started as we all know!
The past days have been very exciting and this is just the beginning! The first competitions already took place and the athletes are[]

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The World Championships in Aare have started as we all know!
The past days have been very exciting and this is just the beginning! The first competitions already took place and the athletes are focused on their trainings: this is where our team took action. Filming the athletes on the slopes allows the coaches to have an in-depth analysis of their skiers’ performance. Doing this required careful preparation to find the correct equipment specifications and the optimal spot to film from. The feedback from the coaches was very positive, since the videos highlighted the weaknesses and strengths of their athletes, showing them how to perform at their best. This was also a lot of fun for our team, since we used snowmobiles to reach the desired place for the video shooting, driving at high speed up on the mountains!
/Alessandro
(I hope you did not run into something so i get a surprise-bill or so…/Kee)

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190206 Wonder stickers will support skiiers – now in English!

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Our own professor HC Holmberg has all the reasons to smile in the cold weather – he has his fingers in this cookie-jar also!

https://www.forskning.se/2019/02/06/skidlandslagen-testar-smarta-plaster/

Smart patches tested by national ski teams

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Our own professor HC Holmberg has all the reasons to smile in the cold weather – he has his fingers in this cookie-jar also!

https://www.forskning.se/2019/02/06/skidlandslagen-testar-smarta-plaster/

Smart patches tested by national ski teams

In the near future the Swedish cross-country and alpine ski teams will be testing a new kind of smart patch. Mid Sweden University is part of a new European research project designed to develop smart patches that can be used to improve health and athletic performance.

– These devices resemble today’s technical monitoring aids that are strapped to the body (e.g., by a wristband or a band around the chest). However, they should not be seen as a replacement for today’s activity bracelet, but rather as a complement. With this technology, we should be able to make measurements in connection with normal exercise outdoors that can only be tested in physiological laboratories today, says Hans-Christer Holmberg.

SINTEC (Soft Intelligence Epidermal Communication Platform) is a Horizon 2020 project that was started in January of 2019. The project is for four years with a budget of 4 million Euros. Researchers at Technical Sciences at Uppsala University will coordinate this project, the other partners being the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre at Mid Sweden University and the LINKS Research Institute in Italy, as well as the companies Mycronic AB in Sweden, ST Microelectronics and Warrant Hub in Italy, Evalan in the Netherlands and MySphera in Spain.

– This highly interesting European project is fully in line with Mid Sweden University’s ambition to broaden the scope of its research on sports and health, says Anders Fällström, University Vice Chancellor.

Smart patches are constructed of soft, stretchable circuit boards on which small groups of common electronic components are mounted in soft rubber and connected to one another by fluid tracks of conducting metal alloys. The researchers plan to demonstrate smart patches to the Swedish cross-country and alpine ski teams in hopes that these can help improve their performance, and at the same time, reduce their risk of injury.

– Data on bodily functions can be transferred safely and rapidly in a streamlined fashion to a smartphone through the fat tissue in the body, instead of sending signals through wires or through the air. This reduces the power required and prevents the information from being read without direct contact with the person’s skin, Klas Hjort explains. The effectiveness of your skiing style can already be measured, but more data that relates movement, body strain and effort to skiing speed should allow even greater improvement, he says.

Patients with heart problems or recovering from a bone fracture or surgery constitute an additional target group. Moreover, these smart patches should provide comfort in our ageing society, helping individuals to cope with slow deterioration of their health, such as in the heart, balance or muscular strength.

Coordinator of the project:
Klas Hjort, Professor of Materials Science and responsible for the program in Microsystem Technology, at the Department of engineering Sciences, Uppsala University. klas.hjort@angstrom.uu.se

Contact persons:
Professor Hans-Christer Holmberg at Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden
hans-christer.holmberg@miun.se or
Sara Attanà, Warrant Hub, sara.attana@warranthub.it

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190205 World Championships in alpine skiing in Aare has started!

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The world leader in field tests and science within alpine skiing, our own professor Matej Supej, together with the CEO of Ski Team Sweden Alpine, Tommy Eliasson-Winter.…]

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The world leader in field tests and science within alpine skiing, our own professor Matej Supej, together with the CEO of Ski Team Sweden Alpine, Tommy Eliasson-Winter.
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Matej and our performance engineer Alessandro Galloppini after filming the Swedish team during training. Unfortunately no measurements can take place during the World Championships as no sensors can be carried.
A great picture from Aare – the upcoming week will be awesome!

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190131 Internet of Sports project: Now certified in equality according to Agenda 2030!

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On january 30 we wrapped up the last piece of our certification “Ambassador Program for Gender Mainstreamed Innovation Power” with tutors Erika Brandt and Anders Johnsson, Demokratikonsult. We feel empowered!

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On january 30 we wrapped up the last piece of our certification “Ambassador Program for Gender Mainstreamed Innovation Power” with tutors Erika Brandt and Anders Johnsson, Demokratikonsult. We feel empowered!

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190121 Did anyone miss that Professor Holmberg controls the world from his village on the mountain?

This intervju made by Oestersunds Posten, a newspaper located in Oestersund, Jaemtland, will soon be translated into English, Professor HC Holmberg often reminds us of Einstein, and not only his appearance:-)

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This intervju made by Oestersunds Posten, a newspaper located in Oestersund, Jaemtland, will soon be translated into English, Professor HC Holmberg often reminds us of Einstein, and not only his appearance:-)

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190117 For our Swedish readers: Zebastian Modin, three times winner in World Cup – check it out and be inspired!

Följ länken och läs om Zebastians framgångar under veckan som gick – tre segrar i världscupen! Vi, som många andra, är gärna med och sprider parasport, och framför en så fantastisk atlet som Zebastian Modin!
https://www.sportbibeln.se/skidor/zebastian-modins-trippelsucce-i-varldscupen-med-nye-ledsagaren-emil-jonsson-haag/

 

Följ länken och läs om Zebastians framgångar under veckan som gick – tre segrar i världscupen! Vi, som många andra, är gärna med och sprider parasport, och framför en så fantastisk atlet som Zebastian Modin!
https://www.sportbibeln.se/skidor/zebastian-modins-trippelsucce-i-varldscupen-med-nye-ledsagaren-emil-jonsson-haag/

 

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190101 Our team of scientists – breaking new borders with Ski Team Sweden!

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Professor Matej Supej at Ski Team Swedens camp in Saas Fee.
Click on the link and see what we did in 2018.
https://www.miun.se/en/swsrc/news/2018-12/the-digitalized-downhill-skier/
Happy new innovation Year – so many is[]

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Professor Matej Supej at Ski Team Swedens camp in Saas Fee.
Click on the link and see what we did in 2018.
https://www.miun.se/en/swsrc/news/2018-12/the-digitalized-downhill-skier/
Happy new innovation Year – so many is already reading this blog!
Thanks a lot from all of us to all of you, some of the blog posts have over 900 readers each:-) A great start for a relatively new blog!

 

 

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181213 Merry Xmas from our project office in Aare, Sweden – with Swedish buns and “julmust”!

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Marko, Lars, Alessandro, Mads and Kee.

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Marko, Lars, Alessandro, Mads and Kee.

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181213 Tel Aviv-company to win the 2018 Sporttechie awards for outstanding sports technology!

WSC Sports Wins the 2018 SportTechie Award for Outstanding Sports Technology

Click here: https://www.sporttechie.com/wsc-sports-wins-2018-sporttechie-award-outstanding-sports-technology/?utm_source=SportTechie+Updates&utm_campaign=f33deddc7b-SportTechie_Daily_News_12_12_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5d2e0c085b-f33deddc7b-294507597

WSC Sports Wins the 2018 SportTechie Award for Outstanding Sports Technology

Click here: https://www.sporttechie.com/wsc-sports-wins-2018-sporttechie-award-outstanding-sports-technology/?utm_source=SportTechie+Updates&utm_campaign=f33deddc7b-SportTechie_Daily_News_12_12_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5d2e0c085b-f33deddc7b-294507597

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181207 Second case to internationalize: Chasing world record with Future Eyewear!

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Christian Lanthaler from Italy, inside the windtunnel in Milan. Five times Water Skiing World Champion, two silver medals in the last two Alpine Skiing Paralympics. (He lost his leg when he was five.)
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Christian Lanthaler from Italy, inside the windtunnel in Milan. Five times Water Skiing World Champion, two silver medals in the last two Alpine Skiing Paralympics. (He lost his leg when he was five.)
Chasing world records? Yes, that is how we roll…:-)
Well, at least, we are part of supporting it…Christian is aiming at breaking the speed word record on one leg (210 km/h). He is an amazing athlete!

Professor Matej Super and performance engineer Alessandro Galloppini have been working in Sweden and Italy since 2017 with the company Future Eyewear, to create a new “faster” helmet that is still comfortable and safe.

Alessandro explains the final test:
The appropriate wind tunnel was chosen according to the test specifications (maximum wind speed, air flow laminarity) and Newton Lab, Milan, Italy was selected since it satisfied all the requirements.

The tests allowed us to assess the resistance that a body opposes to the air flow and analyze any turbulence effect that could occur, at different wind speeds. The measurements were performed both with a human skier and with a sensorized dummy’s head, which provided additional information about the pressure distribution caused by the air flow on the helmets and the acoustic noise due to the wind.
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Moreover, qualitative analyses were performed using smoke and tufts to provide information about the flow around the helmets and evaluate the presence of laminar or turbulent conditions. To compare the measurements with visual information, all the tests were also recorded with videocameras.
The data collected were analyzed to compare the performance of different helmets, establish which model had the best aerodynamical features and suggest possible improvements on the currently available products. From this collaboration between our project and Future Eyewear a new specification for an hopefully outstanding helmet has been created.

 

 

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181129 Lars on sportdata & performance conference in Budapest!

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I got to spend the last two days in Budapest at the 5th Annual Sportdata and Performance Forum. It was super interesting to hear how different discplines are utilzing technology and data to improve performance, player safety and tesm dynamics.…]

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I got to spend the last two days in Budapest at the 5th Annual Sportdata and Performance Forum. It was super interesting to hear how different discplines are utilzing technology and data to improve performance, player safety and tesm dynamics.
And what do I think of the future myself?
With the growing availability of data it will be critical to find the right balance between using data to guide decisions but not taking it as the only solution. Data without context can seem to be telling us one thing but when viewed with all other variables taken into account may lead to a very different outcome.
In the future big data in sports will allow us to develop equipment to improve safety and performance for athletes off all levels, make individualized decision about training and competition to harness every athletes maximum potention, and find ways to improve global health through accessible and accurate monitoring and motivation methods.
We might find new ground breaking crossovers if we use data the right way.

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181124 Snowboard – the next arena sport?

A snowboarder makes a practice run down the ski and snowboarding ramp at Fenway Park, Boston, ahead of the Big Air at Fenway event.
Just to bring you inspiration:
The famous Fenway Park baseball[]

A snowboarder makes a practice run down the ski and snowboarding ramp at Fenway Park, Boston, ahead of the Big Air at Fenway event.
Just to bring you inspiration:
The famous Fenway Park baseball stadium in Boston has been transformed into a spectacular snowboarding backdrop. Source/ photo: CNN.
Below: Intern Lars and associate professor Matthias at the office in Oslo, working on our snowboard case to construct more safe and better jumps. The case includes three academies and excellent scientists.
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181123 Shaping of future sports by AI power!

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Sometimes you need to reflect, and I guess I just did some of that.
Development around us is racing, and sometimes I feel I am actually at its core….and sometimes not.
Take for instance Artificial Intelligence. Only 5-6 years ago[]

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Sometimes you need to reflect, and I guess I just did some of that.
Development around us is racing, and sometimes I feel I am actually at its core….and sometimes not.
Take for instance Artificial Intelligence. Only 5-6 years ago it was rare in sports, and now it is everywhere in shape of machine vision from chatbots and wearable tech to computer vision and more – this is running the show in so many sports today. It is proven that arenas and sports clubs that provide more personalized digital experiences to the audience, such as an app will increase both fan base and revenues.

Tech Emergence online writes about the first AI-powered wearable developed by a french start-up, PIQ and Everlast last year:
The “first AI-powered wearable for combat sports.” Crafted using GAIA Intelligence, (machine learning platform for sports analytics) the startup claims that the platform is capable of tracking and analyzing “microscopic variations in boxing movements” to help maximize the efficiency of workouts and training.
The data that are recorded can also be accessed through a phone app which allows users to track their activity and see how they compare to other users based on a leaderboard.

So what cool stuff can we expect in the future?
Some innovations will become the news of the past as new things develops around them – but some innovations will become trends, and later on part of new strategies that shapes the world.
It is a good bet to think that AI coaches will become normal in the future, as demand is a factor in this development. I also believe, but this is my personal stand point, that anything that has a strong demand will increase speed and push development so much harder in the future than today (and it is pushed already!). It is important to create strategies and tools to be able to stay on top of this fast race as every hype has a crowd that just tags along and lose control in the end.
I see AI changing the sports drastically – but for the better. AI is growing into a creative intuitive smart machine that can improve sports from many angles.

I cant wait for my own personal coach, advising me, making conclusions, looking amazingly hot for being…..AI 🙂

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