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The Secret of Sporting Success

Updated Wednesday 18th May 2005

Feedback - through videoed performances - can be the secret of sporting success.

Bobby Morgan studies video footage as a method of feedback to improve his diving.

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When British diver Bobby Morgan had problems with his technique, it was decided to use video analysis to find out the exact problem.  His dive looks fine technically, but a look at the video clarifies the situation.

John Newton, Biomechanics Lecturer

He’s getting better but it’s, he’s still going down…..

…..notice that Bob’s arms never come behind his head at all.  See how his trunk is already beginning to flow forward, so in effect he is falling off the end of the board instead of pushing his body up off the end of the board.

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Less height means less time.

(0’43”)

 

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