In the current round of applications for research projects of the Federal Institute of Sport Science (BISp), Dr. Daniel Link, private lecturer at the Chair of Performance Analysis and Sports Informatics, was successful with funding applications in para badminton, beach volleyball and taekwondo. The three projects will be funded with a total of 75,000 euros in the period 2021 to 2022.
The first project was carried out in cooperation with the National Paralympic Committee Germany (DBS) and supported the German Para Badminton Team at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2021. In the project, performance structure analyses were carried out based on the paradigm of so-called "keyplays". Project member Fabian Hammes, Research Associate at the Chair and himself a former national badminton player, explains: "Keyplays are actions that change the balance in a ball change in favor of a player." This concept seems particularly promising in Para Badminton, because the individual degree of disability means that there are very specific movement restrictions, the consequences of which have to be examined and taken into account tactically.
The second service project is entitled "Beach Coach" and aims to develop software for video training in beach volleyball. This should enable the German Volleyball Association (DVV) to create individual video analyses of the strengths and weaknesses of upcoming opponents. These can be made available to the players digitally in the run-up to a competition and thus support the preparation for the competition. The tool is based on an analysis software developed at the chair, which has already played a central role in the match preparation of the German national teams for many years and was also used at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The third project is service research aimed at laying the methodological and technical foundations for competition analysis in the German Taekwondo Union (DTU). Steffen Lang, who already supervises various studies in beach volleyball as a Research Associate at the Chair, explains, "In this project, we can transfer our experience from competition analysis in beach volleyball to taekwondo and thus use synergies."
"Sports games and martial arts have a whole range of structural similarities, as interaction with the opponent is the performance-determining element," adds PD Dr. Link. "The requirements are similar on a conceptual level, although the concrete design of the solutions must differ in detail."
PD Dr. Daniel Link
Chair of Performance Analysis and Sports Informatics
phone: 089 289 24498
Text: Romy Schwaiger