Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Video tracking at Attackpoint


Ken has created a new tool for combining video and GPS tracks at Attackpoint. You can see an example here. The video and GPS track are synchronized. Click to start the video and the GPS track follows along. A version with tracking on an O' map is not far away.

The low-tech version - watching a head cam video with the O' map in your hand - works really well, too.

Several orienteers on Attackpoint have recently picked up head cams and it'll be interesting to see how they put the cameras to use. The obvious uses would include using video to:

1)help explain and promote the sport;
2)show less experienced orienteers how a more experienced competitor ran; and
3)analyze technique.

In my limited experiments, I was most surprised with the feeling I have watching a video of a course I ran. With a map in my hand and the video playing on TV, I felt almost as if I was running the course (without the legs being tired). I found myself searching the screen for features that I had been looking for in the distance, just as if I were running the course. I found myself remembering feelings from the race (like shuffling up a tough hill and trying to push hard without pushing too hard).

Sian Beilock described some research where elite performers watched videos while attached to something called an fMRI. The researchers could see a picture of how the performers' brains were working while watching videos. Beilock wrote,

When elite performers observe others in action, they don't just sit there idly and watch -- at least that is true for their brains. Rather, these athletes seem to play off what they are watching inside their own heads.

The quote is from Beilock's book Choke. Beilock writes more about using video in sports, but I'll save that for another day.

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posted by Michael | 8:31 AM


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