Motion Analysis for Short and Long Jump

S. N. Omkar, Anil M. Vanjare, Suhith Hemanth, Srinivas G. H. Kumar

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Motion analysis is very essential in sport activities to enhance the performance of an athlete and to ensure the correctness of regimes. Expensive methods of motion analysis involving the use of sophisticated technology has led to limited application of motion analysis in sports. Towards this, in this paper we have integrated a low-cost method for motion analysis using three axis accelerometer, three axis magnetometer and microcontroller which are very accurate and easy to use. Seventeen male subjects performed two experiments, standing short jumps and long jumps over a wide range of take-off angles. During take-off and landing the acceleration and angles at different joints of the body are recorded using accelerometers and magnetometers, and the data is captured using Lab VIEW software. Optimum take-off angle in these jumps are calculated using the recorded data, to identify the optimum projection angle that maximizes the distance achieved in a jump. The results obtained for optimum take off angle in short jump and long jump is in agreement with those obtained using other methodologies and theoretical calculations assuming jump to be a projectile motion. The impact force (acceleration) is also analysed and is found to progressively decrease from foot to neck.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)132-143
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Accelerometer
  • Long jump
  • Magnetometer
  • Optimum Take-off angle

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