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Scope

The scope of the PARASHOT project is to describe the biomechanical aspects associated with the performance of stationary throwers, with an emphasis not only on the technique but also on the design of the throwing frame.

Research outcomes

The outcomes of this project are going far beyond research and academia. This project is contributing to improvements in the following areas:

  • Basic knowledge
  • Determine new research hypothesis
  • Clustering groups for statistical analysis
  • Setup for video recording
  • Performance
  • Design of frame
  • Training program (i.e., Throwing technique, Strength and conditioning)
  • Classification
  • Classification system
  • Refine rules
  • Regulation
  • Refine rules
  • Video referring

Research interests

The PARASHOT project has contributed to the developments of biomechanical tools for an evidence-based:

  • Design of studies (Biomechanists)
  • Baseline data of performance
  • Number of athletes in sub-classes
  • Camera positions for recording from field of play during world-class event
  • Training (Coaches, athletes)
  • Observe the range of techniques
  • Compare techniques
  • Determine level of performance
  • Rank athletes in relation to class
  • Derive models of best practice
  • Self-observation
  • Design of throwing frame (coaches, athletes, Biomechanists, engineers)
  • Establish relation between characteristics, performance and classification

Officiating (Classifiers, officials, referees)

  • Correct enforcement of current rules (i.e., Starting position, Throwing action, Pole stiffness, Frame design)

Fully adjustable throwing frame developed by Alison O’Riordan (Australian Institute of Sport, Athletics Australia)  that was used for the first time at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games


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