An Examination of Kinematic Variability of Motion Analysis in Sprint Hurdles

in Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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Eight trials each of 7 athletes (4 women and 3 men) were videotaped and digitized in order to investigate the variation sources and kinematic variability of video motion analysis in sprint hurdles. Mean coefficients of variation (CVs) of individuals ranged from 1.0 to 92.2% for women and from 1.2 to 209.7% for men. There were 15 and 14 variables, respectively, in which mean CVs revealed less than 5% variation. In redigitizing, CVs revealed <1.0% for 12 variables for the women's trials and 10 variables for the men's trials. These results, together with variance components (between-subjects, within-subject, and redigitizing), showed that one operator and the analysis system together produced repeatable values for most of the variables. The most repeatable variables by this combination were displacement variables. However, further data processing (e.g., differentiation) appeared to have some unwanted effects on repeatability. Regarding the athletes' skill, CVs showed that athletes can reproduce most parts of their performance within certain (reasonably low) limits.

Aki Salo was with the School of Education, University of Exeter, at the time of the study and is now with Sport and Exercise Science, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, UK. Paul N. Grimshaw is with the School of Education, University of Exeter, Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LU, United Kingdom. Direct correspondence to Paul N. Grimshaw.

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