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Why Kinexon’s Precision Sports Technology Matters in Handball

KINEXON Sports is featured in the latest issue of Handball Inside — THE leading handball magazine in Europe! In the current issue, reporter Erik Eggers examines new technologies in professional sports and their impact on handball. To put it in a nutshell: A revolution is imminent!

MunichMay 20, 2016

Handball Inside”, a leading handball magazine, has featured an article on Big Data in handball. The article reveals that the Deutsche Handball Bund (DHB) and the Institute for Applied Training Science (IAT) are working together to test new technologies that can track players’ positions, movements and workloads indoors. 

One of these technologies is KINEXON Sports, a pioneer in indoor tracking. Unlike outdoor sports such as American Football and Baseball, which can use GPS for tracking, indoor sports such as handball need different systems, as GPS does not work indoors.

If you’d like to see how IMU is already helping some handball teams, follow the link below.

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Why It's Important to Understand Player Tactics, Technique and Workloads

Team handball coaches are using sports technology and inertial movement units to gain insights into their players.

New technologies such as indoor tracking systems can offer many benefits for handball. Former THW Kiel coach Dirk Büsch says that positional data can help to see a scene from different perspectives and understand why a player made a certain move. 

Another important aspect is the analysis of players’ workloads, such as how much energy they spend due to physical contacts with the opponents. These contacts can affect the players’ speed, acceleration, and reaction time. Mr. Büsch says that this kind of data is very useful for coaches, especially in the final minutes of the game. Indoor tracking systems like KINEXON ONE make these analyses possible.

KINEXON Sports is also working on integrating sensors into the ball. So far, results have been very promising. Mr. Büsch believes that ball tracking will enable them to analyze the spin and thus will help them to develop mathematical models for identifying the perfect spin for specific positions.

The Fascination with Live Player Tracking Data in Handball

Sports technology is being used more and more in team handball to track players and provide insights to coaches and broadcasters.

The article also reveals that TV broadcasters are using indoor tracking systems to enhance the viewing experience of handball. They believe that adding overlays such as distance, jump height, velocity and acceleration advantages will make the sport more appealing for spectators. 

Imagine watching the VELUX EHF Final 4 in two weeks and seeing the statistics of jump height of Dominik Klein (THW Kiel), acceleration of Péter Gulyás (MVM Veszprém) or the maximum speed of Michał Jurecki (KS Kielce) compared to Nikola Karabatic (PSG) as amazing overlays. Handball has become more popular in the last few years and with the new technologies creating more opportunities, more people will be attracted to this amazing sport. KINEXON Sports is thrilled to be part of this revolution!

If you’d like to see how we’er helping to manage player workloads for the German national handball teams, follow the link below, or contact us at any time.

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