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Insight into the life of tennis superstar Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka’s self-titled Netflix docuseries portrays an interesting insight into the life of a four-time grand slam champion. Unlike other athlete documentaries, this one isn’t all about the star’s rise to fame and success. While it does follow her journey over the past two years, starting from her win at the 2018 U.S. Open over Serena Williams, its main focus is on the mental state Naomi was in throughout this time of her life. It brings to light the self-doubt and contemplation an athlete often goes through. “To anyone that would know, they know me for being a tennis player,” she explains in the series. “So what if I’m not a good tennis player?” Champion athletes are often known for their proud and confident image in the media, however, Naomi Osaka is a look into what goes on beyond the court. Here are some of our key takeaways from the…

    Emma Raducanu – Britain’s news Tennis Champion

    You may not have known her name just a few months ago, but at just 18 years old, Emma Raducanu has made history by being the first Briton to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade in 1977. Raducanu was born in Toronto and brought up in London. She made her WTA debut in June 2021. It was only two months later when she became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam singles title, beating Leyla Fernandez in the final. She claimed a £1.8 million cheque after her big win, and also boosted up her ranking from 150 to 22. “I’m still just so shocked, still in the moment,’ says Raducanu. “I can’t believe I came through the last service game. It honestly means absolutely everything to hold this trophy. I just don’t want to let go.” Raducanu was met with praise from many famous British figures, including…

      Using Video Analysis to Improve your Tennis Game

      Looking to improve your tennis game? Video analysis and artificial intelligence (AI) can help you do just that. It’s widely used for many sports, helping coaches and athletes analyze performance, identify where they can improve and also prevent future injuries. It has started to become a crucial tool used by tennis professionals to review technique and understand a player’s movements. It’s also used to dissect opponents’ tactic patterns to equip themselves with fitting strategies. One of the first tennis coaches to embrace video analysis in tennis was Australian coach Darren Cahill when he was coaching Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt in the early 2000s. His inspiration came from his father, who was a coach for the Australian Football League and used video analysis as a coaching tool. Cahill found it extremely helpful when coaching Andre Agassi. “I used it a lot. For me to be able to deliver a message…

        Comparing Sprongo to other Video Analysis Platforms

        Coaches and athletes have embraced Sprongo as their leading video analysis platform. While other platforms offer a similar service, Sprongo provides a unique experience that combines cloud-based, mobile app and artificial intelligence capabilities. With these features in play, Sprongo allows for easy video analysis anywhere, anytime. Unlike other platforms, Sprongo’s software is completely web-based. We’ve removed the need to install, download or upgrade our software to make life easier for our users. All you need is an internet connection and an account and you’re good to go. The Sprongo platform also has integrated AI capabilities that provides automated analysis of angles and movement. It carefully analyzes the angular measurements of an athlete’s legs, hips, shoulders and arms within a video clip. This allows you to spend more time analyzing rather than manually noting each measurement frame-by-frame. You can analyze more than one frame in your videos and create datasets for…

          How to Master Strength Training for Sport

          Strength training is a great way to build muscle and endurance in sport. It usually takes a few weeks to start seeing results, but following a consistent plan can help increase bone density and muscle mass and even alleviate symptoms of depression. However, performing strength training exercises incorrectly can do more harm than good. Here are a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid during your next training session. Not having a proper strength training regime Just like any sort of training, it’s important to understand what your objectives are and what routines are going to benefit you the most. Consult with your coach and fitness trainer to determine what training programmes would work best for you and your needs. They will consider all the factors contributing to your performance and help you create a customised plan to suit your health and fitness objectives. You only do strength training during…

            How to avoid “catching a crab” in rowing

            “Catching a crab” is a common fear for many rowers. The term refers to when a rower loses control of their oar. The blade then gets trapped in the water by the momentum of the shell, and the oar handle swings backwards, often going over the rower’s head. In extreme cases, the rower may even be thrown overboard. It’s a setback that can effectively take you out of the competition. However, there are ways to overcome the crab and deal with it safely. Don’t resist it Most of the time, rowers fight against the handle when it becomes trapped in the water. Doing this is what risks you stopping the boat, or worse, getting thrown overboard. Instead, don’t resist it. If you leave the oar to itself, it will come to rest parallel to the boat and leave it trailing in the water. This method allows the boat to lose…

              Petra Vlhova and Alexis Pinturault win World Cup Overall Titles

              Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and French skier Alexis Pinturault both won their first World Cup overall titles, making this a historic skiing season. Vlhova broke records by becoming Slovakia’s first ever Alpine Skiing World Cup champion after finishing sixth in the final women’s slalom of the season in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. However, her performance in the slalom race didn’t go quite the same. Vlhova was overtaken by Austria’s Katharina Liensberger who was the fastest in both runs. Behind Liensberger was Mikaela Shiffrin, who finished 1.24 seconds later. Vlhova spoke to Slocak broadcaster RTVS about her disappointment in the slalom. “I can’t even wrap my head around it at the moment, as I’m still a bit disappointed after the slalom.” But that didn’t stop her excitement about winning the Crystal Globe for her stunning performance in Alpine skiing. “It was our goal from the beginning of the season, we went for it and…

                Learn how to use Sprongo’s new Auto Voice Tag feature

                We have developed a new Auto Voice Tag feature to help make video analysis an even easier process for coaches and athletes. This new feature gives the Sprongo platform the ability to make automatic suggestions for tags based on the audio of a video. This saves you time in having to manually add tags onto your videos.  https://youtu.be/_-C-TfloyJQ Here’s how to use the Auto Voice Tag feature: When recording your video, clearly state what you would like to add as a tag onto your video. For example, say the relevant athlete’s name in the audio of the video to have it added as an automatic tag.When uploading your video, enable the ‘Auto Voice Tag function’.Once you’ve uploaded your video, you’ll be able to see the suggested tags under the ‘Added Tags’ section. Athletes or other coaches you have auto-tagged into your video will receive a notification and be able to…

                  Using Video Analysis for Tennis

                  Video analysis is all about improving athletic performance through careful analysis and evaluation of an athletes performance. Using video to analyse movements can help you pick up on where you can improve in technique and approach. Video analysis software has been used for many years by tennis professionals and coaches to help players improve their performance. It allows you to review both your own performance and technique while also understanding the plays and movements of your competitors. Up until now, video analysis has been quite a lengthy process, with the user having to manually draw lines and angles on top of your video, frame-by-frame. Sprongo however, has Intelligent Video Analytics to make the process a whole lot easier. It combines artificial intelligence and machine learning together, to create a video analysis tool that automatically identifies your subject and creates a skeleton of the body’s movements within a segment of that…

                    How to use Sprongo’s Video Analysis Features

                    Sprongo is an intelligent video analysis platform that offers automated angle analysis of movement. It takes video analysis to the next level with easy analysis of angular measurements of an athlete’s legs, hips, shoulders and arms. To help you get the most out of your video analysis, below are step-by step instructions for some of Sprongo’s features. Analyze Intervals Sprongo’s Interval Analysis feature provides detailed analysis of movement and angle measurement over all 4 quadrants of the body. With this feature you are able to select up to 3 seconds to be analyzed. Login to your Sprongo account and upload the video you want to analyze, or select one of your uploaded videos. Use the slider on the video’s timeline to select which movement you would like to analyze. Click the blue ‘AI Analyze’ button on the bottom right and select ‘Analyze Interval’. Once the ‘Analyze Interval’ function is selected,…

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