Development of Sensor Tights with Integrated Inertial Measurement Units for Injury Prevention in Football

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In elite European football, 6 to 7 hamstring muscle injuries occur per team per season, which results in an absence of 14 to 180 days (Ekstrand et al. 2017). These injuries occur typically in the last part of a training or match. This implies that the accumulation of demanding actions is an important factor for hamstring injury risk. In current practice, physical player load is measured at the field by deriving the global location of the player with GPS and RFID systems. However, these systems are not able to monitor leg movement and to distinguish demanding actions like kicking, cutting and jumping.In order to monitor these actions in the field, a novel design is being developed. The design consists of five sensor nodes with IMUs (Inertial measurement units), integrated in sports tights. IMUs can measure linear accelerations, angular velocities and magnetic fields in three directions. From these measurements, 3D kinematics of the lower limbs can be derived. An iterative design approach is used to develop the tights. Four prototypes will be developed. Each prototype is tested in a football specific setting, to identify areas of improvement from a technical point of view as well as from a user’s perspective. The final aim of this research is to develop sensor tights that can be worn unobtrusively by football players in the field. Real-time data are retrieved by the coach. This allows the coach to intervene when there is a high injury risk. Keywords: wearable sensors; injury prevention; smart clothing
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International conference on Design4Health
EditorsK. Christer, C. Craig, P. Chamberlain
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-8381117-0-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventThe 6th European Conference on Design4Health (Cancelled) - Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Jul 20203 Jul 2020


ConferenceThe 6th European Conference on Design4Health (Cancelled)
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  • Wearable Sensors
  • Injury prevention
  • Smart clothing


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