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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,…

            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…

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