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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,…

      Mikaela Shiffrin makes an emotional comeback

      In December 2020, Mikaela Shiffrin made an emotional return to the podium in Courchevel, France at the FIS World Cup. After heavy snowfall on the Saturday before race day, the course was watered down and deemed unfit for racers for the previous giant slalom race on the Sunday. The postponement left Monday’s giant slalom with a hard and fast track, but that didn’t stop Mikalea from taking her first World Cup win in almost a year. It was also Mikaela’s first win after her father’s sudden passing – making for a bittersweet moment. Emotions were high after Mikaela finished the race, sitting on her skis and hugging her legs until she got off the podium to run into her mother’s arms, and crying through her post-race interview. “It was a pretty incredible day, obviously,” said Mikaela through tears. “But I’m pretty sad. I mean, it’s a bit bittersweet. But it’s…

        5 coaching books to help you become a better coach

        Books are great resources to help you build your coaching skills, and learn more about the philosophy around leadership and team building. Continuous learning and development can help you become a better coach, benefiting both yourself and the teams you coach. Here are 5 books that we recommend: 1. Above the Line – Lessons in Leadership and Life by Urban Meyer This book is written by Urban Meyer – who was a psychology student before he became a coach. He believes that trust is the foundation of great achievements and healthy relationships. The book explains how to build trust within your team, family or organisations. With a sense of trust in place, Meyer says this creates a deep bond that unites the team with a common purpose and cultivates “Above the Line” behaviour – an empowered response to the challenges we face everyday. 2. Finding the Winning Edge by Bill…

          Learn how to use Sprongo’s Video Analysis Platform

          How to use Side-by-Side and Overlay Analysis Tools Using side-by-side and overlay video analysis is a great tool to compare your performance against others. This helps in seeing where you can improve technique and performance. To use this feature, select the video you would like to analyse within your Sprongo dashboard. Click the ‘VS’ button and select the video you would like to compare it with. This will allow you to see both videos side by side to analyse. For further analysis, select the ‘Overlay’ icon and you will be able to view the videos on top of each other. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6Igb_oNZ8A How to use Side-by-Side Analysis and Overlay in the Sprongo app To use the side-by-side and overlay tool in the Sprongo app, select the ‘More’ icon that’s in the shape of a triangle. Then click on ‘VS Compare’. Click on the ‘+’ button to add the video you would…

            Skiing Superstar Lucas Braathen: The New Kid on the Block

            Norwegian alpine skier Lucas Braathen is the one to watch this season. At just 20 years old, he has conquered his first World Cup victory in Soelden. While Braathen had an unconventional start to his skiing career – initially starting off playing football and starting skiing in his late teens – he has become somewhat of a rising star in the sport. He beat Swiss duo Marco Odermatt and Gino Caviezel to take out his first ever podium at a World Cup event.   “It’s a pretty good day,” Braathen told Austrian TV, “I knew that I was capable of a podium. First victory, first race of the season, it’s unbelievable.” His previous best result was coming fourth place at the slalom in Kitzbuehel in January, but he finally made it to the top in his 23rd event in a World Cup. “I went for it. I am not here for…

              How to prevent an ACL injury

              An ACL injury is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee. These injuries commonly occur during sports that involve jumping, landing, and sudden stops or changes in direction. Soccer, basketball, football, and skiing are just some of the sports that involve this movement and often cause ACL injuries. Athletes generally feel a “pop” in the knee when an ACL injury occurs, causing swelling and pain that make it painful to bear weight. A tear of the ACL can prevent athletes from fully participating in their respective sport, and may require surgery to repair the tear.  Many athletes have had to deal with an ACL injury, often becoming a roadblock in their training and performance. Alpine skier Anders Fannemel, American football player Tom Brady and tennis player Maria Sharapova are just some athletes who have had ACL injuries to recover from.  Having an ACL injury isn’t…

                UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Legacy

                UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. He has the record for the longest reign as UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the title since April 2018. He has an undefeated record, with 29 wins and no losses – having one of the longest winning streaks in MMA history.  The announcement of his retirement this year surprised many but has allowed Khabib to retire on his own terms. “It was my last fight,” Nurmagomedov told media, after defeating Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254. In July 2020, Khabib’s father, Adulmanap died at just age 57 due to coronavirus-related complications. He was incredibly close to his father, who was an inspiration in his personal and professional life and taught him everything he knew. “I don’t fight for the money. I fight for my legacy. I fight for history. I fight for…

                  How to analyze videos on Sprongo

                  Sprongo is an easy-to-use, integrated cloud platform for teams and athletes to share and analyze videos to help improve performance and technique. For a run-down on how to upload and analyze videos, follow the steps below. How to upload video First things first, you will need to upload videos onto your Sprongo dashboard to be able to analyze them. Go to your Sprongo dashboard and select ‘Videos’. Click ‘Editing and Uploading Video’. Select a playlist to add the video to or create a new playlist. Select the video you would like to upload. Set your download permission and privacy options. Tag users you would like to share the video with. Add keyword tags to make it easier to search for later. How to analyze videos Once your video is uploaded, it’s time to analyze it. Select the video you would like to analyze. Add comments to selected points of your…

                    Netflix’s The Playbook: Dawn Staley’s Coaching Rules for Sports

                    Netflix’s new docuseries The Playbook: A Coaches Rules for Life shares tips and experiences from some of the world’s greatest sports coaches. One of them is Dawn Staley – an American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Here are the coaching rules she lives by: 1. Bring your own ball Dawn grew up in Philadelphia, and at the time girls weren’t playing sports. So she would play with boys, most of the time with her brothers and their friends. What fueled her as a little girl was to get to play on the ‘big boy court’, where all her older brothers’ friends would play. Most of the time, they wouldn’t let her play. But Dawn was persistent, she would always turn up to the games, and bring her own basketball. One day, she was the only one who brought a basketball. So…

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