Optojump Kit with camera

a new unit of measurement

Optojump Next revolutionizes training and athletic preparation methodology in sport. It is an innovative system of analysis and measurement that brings a new philosophy of assessment and optimisation of performance to the world of competitive sport: it is designed for the development of a specifi c and customized training programme for the athlete, based exclusively on precise objective data.

By acquiring the fundamental parameters that characterise the level of an individual’s performance and physical condition, Optojump Next allows coaches, trainers and researchers to constantly test and monitor their athletes. This makes it possible to ascertain the abilities or physical fi tness of an athlete in a simple and immediate way, creating over time a real database that makes it possible to compare values for that athlete or different athletes (even at a distance of months or years).

Optojump makes it possible

  • to assess an athlete’s performance and physical condition
  • to rapidly identify any muscular defi ciencies and measure tolerance to various work loads
  • to develop customized and diversifi ed training based on the test results
  • to periodically check the results of training
  • to create a database of athletes in order to compare them with each other or to compare the results of a particular athlete in different periods of time in order to objectively determine the results of training
  • to examine the physical condition of an athlete after an injury, to develop specifi c actions for rehabilitation and check its progress
  • to motivate athletes by giving them tangible proof of the progress made, thus stimulating fruitful competition inside the group
  • to signifi cantly reduce the trainer’s workload, at the same time allowing him/her to retrieve at any time the results of tests performed even months before
  • to make use of an objective “judgement” when talent-scouting or choosing athletes
  • and much more…
Optojump for performance testing in the field

quantity and quality

Optojump Next goes beyond the acquisition of numerical data: thanks to small cameras that can be positioned as desired, it allows recording of the images of the tests performed, synchronising them perfectly with the events measured. This makes it possible to enjoy the advantages of cross-checking between data and images and also those deriving from more detailed video analysis through the exploitation of the possibilities offered by the dedicated utility.
The film sequences and all the other data are saved in the database. This makes it possible to consult them at any moment and, as with numerical data, to make comparisons between the performances of different athletes or of the same athlete at different moments.

convenient to transport - easy and quick to install

Its lightweight and convenient bag makes it possible to have Optojump Next always available wherever test sessions take place. The whole system is extremely simple to install: it is only necessary to position the bars on the ground and connect the receiving bar to the PC via the USB cable. The maximum distance between the bars is 6 metres and no connecting cables are needed. This maximises the simplicity with which the bars can be moved and minimises disturbances caused to the athlete during performance of the test. Correct alignment of the system is signalled by a green led. The led lights up red if the bars are not parallel or unsuitability of the ground prevents communication between the transmitting and receiving bars.  

Optojump Software

The Software

The interface with which the Optojump Next system is managed is divided into three main sections: Athlete data, Tests and Results.

Athletes

This is the section in which the profiles of the athletes or patients are created and catalogued. Each profile can contain numerous items of data (personal data, notes, photos of the athlete, etc.). Each individual can be inserted into one or more groups or subgroups. The athlete data is therefore completely open to modulation or modification in accordance with the user’s needs, and if required can be imported from other formats (for example Excel).

Tests

This is the nerve centre of the software. It is the part to access in order to design and configure new tests (jump, reaction, running, etc.) and to perform tests, choosing from the predefined tests and those created by the user. It is also possible to program sequences of tests in order to make one or more athletes perform several tests. During performance of the test, the user receives three types of feedback in real time: numerical, graphical and video (from one or two webcams). Once the test has been confirmed, all three types of data are saved and remain available for immediate review or future consultation. If the user so requires, information not of interest can be temporarily hidden (for example, if it is the video that is important for the user, the images can be viewed full-screen and the numerical data can be hidden).

Optojump single meter for Jump tests

Results and video analysis

In this section it is possible to retrieve previously performed tests at any moment. The images can be compared with the data (numerical as well as graphical). In addition, the video support is of great help to the user in “remembering” how the athlete performed a test weeks or months before. Thanks to the “video memory” any anomalies in the numerical data are easily identified.The video images are synchronised with the acquired values. This makes it possible to ascertain exactly what happened when a certain data item was acquired (for example, if a contact time seems too long, the cause of this can be determined by observing the images at the moment the value was recorded).

The speed of the video can be reduced down to “frame by frame” or still picture. A video analysis utility is also included. This makes it possible to draw on the still picture, thanks to various graphic tools (lines, arcs, circles, ruler, goniometer, etc.). In the Results section it is also possible to compare two or more tests without the help of extra software: for example, it is possible to ascertain the performance of an athlete over a period of time or compare the results of tests performed by two or more different athletes. All the data (numerical as well as graphical) can be printed or exported in the most common formats.