Batak Challenge has a new high score

Please check it out here.

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Science in Sport meets Parliament

Last week, under the guiding wisdom of our colleague, Dan James, the inaugural Science and Sport Meets Parliament. This was a Queensland government initiative. Charles Darwin University PhD candidate, Sam Gleadhill represented the university – the only non QLD based uni invited to present. Sam demonstrated what our research is in regards to wearable technology, not only in sport, but also applications into the workplace and migration to animal monitoring too.
Sam also generated quite a bit of interest in the CDU Exercise and Sport Science degree and how we deliver to students outside of the Northern Territory. Thanks Sam

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Looks like Lucy fell from a tree

Here is an interesting article from the ABC news website where it is now said that the skeletal remains from the early hominid, “Lucy” died after falling from a tree. The article is a little bit timely for CDU Funky Anat students where we have been looking at the upper limb over the past couple of weeks and can see what we have been talking about can be applied to palaeontology.

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ASTN-Q sneak peak

Here are the publications from the conference (the next blog down). The Journal of Fitness Research is a fast growing journal and a perfect journal to bring the conference’s theme of sport, technology, and innovation.

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Translating Research To Innovations: ASTN – Q Recap.

Here is a blog from our friends at Sports Technology about today’s Research and Innovation in Sports Technology. Jim’s Sports Lab is proud to have been actively involved with a sponsored award for the best student poster. Rex Whiticker was the worthy winner.

Other highlights were Nicole McLeod’s and Sam Gleadhill’s papers being accepted for the half day conference and associated publication in the Journal of Fitness Research. Sam is a PhD student working on developing sensors for monitoring safe lifting in gyms and in working environments. Nicole is a current CDU undergrad who has shown her skills in research and writing – another PhD in the making???

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Announcing ISEA2018 – The Engineering of Sport, Brisbane Australia

Some great news from our Griffith mates. They have won the right to host the ISEA Engineering of Sport 2018. And perfect timing with the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast creating a very topical environment.

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ISEA2018, sports engineering conference 2018 David and Hugo announcing the ISEA 2018 Sports Engineering conference in Delft to ISEA members and delegates (Photo J. Shepherd)

We are super excited to announce the ISEA2018 Sports Engineering conference will be hosted in Brisbane Australia.

Griffith University and SABEL Labs welcome you to the 12th Biennial conference on the Engineering of Sport on behalf of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) in Brisbane, Australia from 26 to 28 March 2018 together with Australian Sports Technologies Network.

Today more than ever engineering and technology make valuable contributions to the the way we play, watch and compete in sport. This conference brings world leading researchers, sports professionals and industry organisations, together, in one place and on the eve of the Commonwealth Games.

Hear from the latest progress in design, mechanical, performance, analytics, textiles and wearables and how they are changing sport. Come and join us to hear keynotes, the latest from research and a…

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Drugs in sport

It looks like an interesting article tonight on ABCtv’s 4Corners. Leading into the Olympics and a comprehensive coverage of the drugs issue – from all angles.  Here is a link to the ABCnews article that introduces the tv program.

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Link to Sam’s Confirmation and Jono the movie star’s video

For those who cannot make it to Sam’s presentation at either CDU or GU, here is a link the the stream I am not sure how it is set up, but it may not be available until 15 mins before the start

SABEL Lab’s Jono Shepherd was on the TV science show “Scope”. A pretty good review of technology in sport. Great stuff Jono

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Sam Gleadhill’s PhD Confirmation of Candidature

Physiolytics and Jim’s Sports Lab team member, Sam Gleadhill is presenting his PhD confirmation of candidature this Friday (24 June). For anyone interested at CDU, please come to Red6 Room 1.01 for a 9.30 start. Griffith attendees, please go to Bray Centre Room N54_2.06 (10.00 am QLD time). This will be an interesting presentation with a combination of Sports Science and Sports Technology. I encourage you all to turn up and support Sam and see the adventure he is taking.

PHD Title:

Inertial sensor applications to monitor power and the NIOSH lifting equation during resistance exercise.


This confirmation of candidature presents a research proposal to validate new methods of assessing human movement parameters during a simulated work task using inertial sensors. The purpose of this research is to assess the validity of inertial sensors to be implemented in occupational settings to provide accurate, quantifiable information of resistance exercise movement patterns. The first aim of this research is to automate the NIOSH Lifting Equation with inertial sensors, by monitoring the agreement between inertial sensors, three dimensional motion capture and manual measurements. The second aim is to measure the validity of inertial sensors to monitor peak and average power, by testing the agreement between inertial sensors and gold standard methods of power monitoring. The third aim is to test the agreement between inertial sensors placed on the skin and inertial sensors embedded in clothing. It is hypothesised that inertial sensors will have a high agreement with the higher standard methods of monitoring these parameters of human movement. It is anticipated that this research will lead to a minimum of five publications to report validation results. Statistical validations will be undertaken using a Will Hopkins Typical Error of the Estimate, with a Pearson’s correlation and a Bland Altman Limits of Agreement analysis. This research will provide a foundation for inertial sensors to be applied for quantitative activity recognition of resistance exercise and safe lifting practices in occupational settings.

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Has a new salute been evolving?

I was looking at this shot of Ali’s funeral procession and occurred to me that what I thought were hands raised in acknowledgement were actually people taking pictures – another disruption from technology…..

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This picture is a screen shot from the ABC news website  of the funeral and photo taken by John Sommersll as acknowledged in the caption.

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