Sports science and performance analysis: Faster, higher and stronger with force plates

Force plates and systems from Kistler are the key to sound performance analysis and research in sports science.

Peak sports performances depend on tailored training methods that must be continually optimized in response to each athlete’s needs. In biomechanics, accurate knowledge of movement patterns and force curves is essential for performance analysis. Kistler force plates use piezoelectric sensors to capture biomechanical data that athletes, coaches and sports scientists can view directly on screen. The benefits: immediate analysis of performance capability and training efficiency, improved technique and movement, fewer injuries, and optimized recovery. So it’s no surprise that our measuring solutions are used in almost every sporting discipline on all continents – either as individual components or complete turnkey systems.

KiSprint: Faster off the starting block, faster to the finishing line

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For a perfect run, every detail has to be correct – right from the start! An athlete can only unleash maximum power in those critical first meters if their technique is absolutely right. KiSprint, the instrumented starting block from Kistler, measures the force curve during sprint training, and a laser records the athlete’s speed. KiSprint also calculates performance data automatically to provide valuable knowledge about the starting and acceleration phases – bringing athletes one step closer to perfection with each run.

Easy to handle

User-friendly software (included in the package) and simple system design save valuable time for coaches so they can focus on the top priority: their athletes.

Clear feedback

Athletes and coaches can view performance data as soon as it is captured. The on-screen display makes it easy to analyze force data, and video images help to put the results into practice.

Comparative values

KiSprint makes it simple to compare an athlete’s performance at various points in time, or compare the performance of different athletes: The easy way to track training progress and see the effects of different training strategies.
 

KiSwim: Success when it counts

KiSwim by Kistler enables performance analysis of swim starts and provides insights for sports science.

Kistler’s KiSwim performance analysis system helps the world’s elite swimmers to analyze and improve their starting and turning techniques. The system uses instrumented starting blocks and force plates for turning combined with high-speed video to measure key performance parameters as swimmers train. Biomechanical data is available immediately as valuable input for sports performance analysis – so corrections can be made at the very next training session, and athletes gain crucial hundredths of a second in their next competition.

Start faster

A good start can make a difference of over half a second in the first 15 meters. The starting time for short distances accounts for up to 25% of the total race time.

Turn faster

Time saved on turning can add up to several seconds in long-distance competitions. The turning time accounts for up to 33% of the total time for a short race.

Analyze faster

An instrumented starting block, a turning plate and five high-speed video cameras capture a complete visual image of the start and first 15 meters of the race. The on-screen display of kinematic and kinetic data is easy to understand, so users can perform thorough biomechanical analyses and trial comparisons.
 

Kistler MARS: Highly flexible, in-depth performance analysis

Sports performance analysis by Kistler MARS: For comparative reference-based training of individual athletes and entire teams.
MARS (Measurement, Analysis and Reporting software) is the professional tool for performance analysis with force plates from Kistler. Integrated performance tests such as the counter-movement jump, drop jump and body sway provide insights into an athlete’s neuromuscular system and performance condition. Thanks to precise objective data, strength and conditioning training can be tailored to the needs of individual athletes or entire teams. The MARS Team Monitoring feature can visualize individual players’ specific fitness factors for comparisons with the team or another reference parameter. Force data calculated by MARS delivers an objective decision-making tool to make sure the best team is always sent out into the field.

Improve and compare performance

Whether you’re targeting maximum strength, speed strength, balance or stability, you can observe one individual athlete or make comparisons with other team members. Make direct use of information from the performance tests to plan the next training cycle – the efficient way to boost performance and identify potential injury risks.

Reduced risk of injury

Asymmetries between the left and right legs can indicate muscular imbalance, and a significant drop in performance can be a sign of fatigue. MARS makes these phenomena visible so trainers can plan appropriate strength and conditioning exercises.

Identifying talent

Which players should be promoted? Which conditioning factors and benchmarks are relevant in each type of sport? MARS software helps to identify and promote talented athletes – the scientific way to protect investments.