Now, athletes resorting to 3-D imaging to boost performance

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 07, 2010 07:30 hrs

With technological advances breaking new grounds everyday, athletes are increasingly cashing on it to improve their game-some professional sports teams using motion capture technology to track how athletes perform, and how they could perform better.

The teams say that they are adopting 3 D technology in a bid to look out for the safety of their players.

If the team coaches know exactly how their pitchers move during a pitch, coaches can make sure their players aren't damaging their bodies.

But Chris Bregler, an associate professor of computer science and director of the Movement Lab at New York University, told the New York Times that it's more than just teams looking out for their players.

"It's just a matter of time before it goes into not just sports medicine but making a team better," Discovery News quoted Bregler as saying.

This motion capture technology is still in its infancy, and so only a few teams have access to it.

This technolgy combines the technology that captures the human movements at the heart of three-dimensional animations like "Avatar" with sophisticated sensors.

This technique provides a fully interactive three-dimensional model of the athlete on a computer that can do anything the human can do: jump, pitch, run, and, well, you get the picture. Using this computer model, sports medical researchers can calculate precise limb angles, stresses on joints, and ball speeds.

And motion capture technology is already having an impact on how some baseball players play the game.

At least three pitchers with the Milwaukee Brewers have made adjustments to their pitching form based on the technology's findings. (ANI)

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