Development and testing of a concept for analyzing kinematics in show jumping -An analysis tool for riders and trainers
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Product development (MPPDE), MSc
Equestrian sports have been a research area for Chalmers for the last eight years. The general aim of this venture has been to incorporate technological solutions and generate new knowledge connected to equestrian science. The aim of this project was to develop a concept using technology in order to bring new possibilities of analyzing kinematics for practitioners of equestrian sports. Within the field of equestrian sports, show jumping was targeted as a first area of focus. A market analysis including interviews and a survey was performed in order to capture the voice of the customer (VOC). This analysis was used as input for concept selection. The selected concept was tested in order to generate new knowledge about kinematics in show jumping. Video analysis was assessed to be the best suited technology for the product concept developed in this project. Concept testing showed that the point of take-off for loose jumping and low heights are consistent with the Distance formula. Further, the tests showed that the distance from the fence to the point of landing in most cases exceeds the distance from the point of take-off to the fence. We conclude that the distances to fences are perceived as a difficult parameter to consider as a rider. Therefore, a function measuring the point of take-off and landing is a suitable first tool of the product concept. Further, video analysis is considered the best option for providing a flexible product for users. In addition, collected data from tests suggested that increasing the distance between fences make the point of take-off less dependent of fence height. These tests had a low sample size and should therefore be interpreted with caution.
Product development , voice of the customer , equestrian sports , show jumping , kinematics