Sport games laboratory
The Laboratory for Sports Games was founded on July 5th 2016 by a Decision of the Dean’s Collegium of the Faculty of Kinesiology University of Zagreb. The mentioned laboratory includes an area of 380 m², out of which 365 m² is occupied by a sports hall for conducting measurements and another 15 m² which are used for direct analysis of the obtained results and their interpretation, as well as for storage space for scientific and diagnostic equipment that is part of the Laboratory for Sports Games.
The laboratory is equipped with high standard diagnostic equipment, such as the Optojump System, which is a measurement instrument based on optical technology. The device can primarily be used in diagnostics for many parameters in performing various jumps, such as take-off height, duration of contact with the surface, flight time, etc. The Optojump can also be applied in determining certain kinematic parameters during analysis of running. The above mentioned ultimately enables objective diagnostics, as well as conducting corrective kinesiological operators with the aim of correcting certain imbalances that were found in order to improve the locomotor system. As explosive leg strength has an important effect in the equation of specifying most sports games from the aspect of motor skills, this device can also be used in evaluating all parameters based on which an analysis of desired results can be performed in the evaluation of the mentioned skill.
Picture 1. Opto jump system (www.microgate.it)
In addition to the Optojump system, the laboratory is also equipped with Gyko devices (also by Microgate IT), which combined with the mentioned Optojump system, primarily allows to determine the duration of the concentric and eccentric phase in a certain motor movement, or by way of standardized protocols, enables an evaluation of dynamic balance.
Picture 2. Gyko system (www.microgate.it)
In terms of diagnostic equipment from the mentioned manufacturer, the laboratory is also equipped with the Witty SEM Systems which provides an evaluation of the examinees’ success in basic and specific tests of agility, reactivity, speed, coordination and the level of acquisition of certain motor skills combined with the already mentioned motor abilities (e.g. change of direction dribbling in basketball).
Picture 3. Witty system (www.microgate.it)
Picture 4. Witty SEM system (www.microgate.it)
For monitoring and determining workload intensity levels, the laboratory is equipped with heart rate monitors, manufactured by Polar (M400, V800, H7), which have options for individual or group monitoring by way of certain application programmes and standardized protocols. In addition, for measurements of blood lactate concentration the laboratory has a Scout+ device at its disposal.
For video analysis of specific motor movements in the process of acquiring or perfecting a movement, but also for determining various kinematic parameters by applying application programmes during the performance of a specific motor skill (Simi VidBack, Kinovea), the laboratory is equipped with different video cameras (IDS, 500 FPS, GoPro, HERO4 Black&Silver).
Picture 7. IDS cameras ( www.en.ids-imaging.com)
Picture 8. GoPro HERO4 (www.shop.gopro.com)
In addition to all the above mentioned, the laboratory has various diagnostic devices which enable very detailed and specific scientific research in the area of basketball (Smart Sensor Basketball, Dr Dish Shooting Machine).
Picture 9. 94 fifty smart sensor basketball (www.94fifty.com)
For the purpose of conducting different kinematic analysis of specific motor movements, the laboratory has two Xsens systems (Awinda and Link) that allow for direct analysis of all relevant kinematic parameters (certain joint angles, angular speed and acceleration, position of the body’s gravity centre, etc.).
Picture 10. XSENS LINK system (www.xsens.com)
The Laboratory for Sports Games was primarily established in order to conduct various scientific research in the field of sports games, and so far, several papers have been published in different scientific journals, whereas several doctoral dissertations from diverse fields of interest are currently in the process of being made. Along with the scientific aspect, the laboratory is also equipped for numerous diagnostic procedures in the area of top level sports (diagnostics of specific motor abilities, objective evaluation of specific motor skills).
Depending on the field of research, in the process of determining the problem of the research, implementing the research and analysing and interpreting the results, together with the heads of the laboratory (professor Damir Knjaz, PhD and Tomislav Rupčić, PhD), other associates also participate in the research, such as professor Bojan Matković, PhD, professor Ljubomir Antekolović, PhD, Marijo Baković, PhD, associate professor Ivan Segedi, PhD, associate professor Vjekoslav Cigarovski, PhD and associate professor Tomislav Đurković, PhD.
Within its area of operation, the laboratory collaborates with some renown scientific institutions around the world, such as Penn State University (SAD), The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (Oslo, Norway), Comenius University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport (Bratislava, Slovakia), Masaryk University, Faculty of Sports Studies (Brno, Czech Republic); Beijing Sport University (Beijing, China), etc.
The laboratory also collaborates with numerous manufacturers of diagnostics laboratory equipment and sports training gear (Microgate, SKLZ, Samsung), as well as it provides validation and testing procedures for the mentioned equipment.
Results obtained in scientific research at the Laboratory for Sports Games are recognized by both different domestic and foreign economic entities and sports federations who have expressed their desire for future co-funding of various research, primarily with the aim of improving general health, as well as in order to achieve top level sports results.
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