Sports research

In cooperation with material scientists from EPFL, we are investigating how expert and naive sportsmen judge new materials and what makes these materials special for their sports. For example, we found that the best ski has a low flexural and a high torsional rigidity (Fischer et al., 2007). Wooden soft ball bats outperform artificial ones (Overney et al. 2010). In addition, we are interested which visual and cognitive skills are crucial for a sport. In tennis players, we found that they are only better for very specific types of motion analysis (Overney et al. 2008). Vision in general was not better than in controls.