Special Issue "Wearables and Smartphone Applications in Sports"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luca Paolo Ardigo
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School of Exercise and Sport Science, Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, 37100 Verona, Italy
Interests: training load monitoring; physical activity; metabolic expenditure; motor control; sport technology; testing; training
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Dr. Basilio Pueo
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Guest Editor
University Institute for Computing Research, Physical Education and Sports, Faculty of Education, University of Alicante, 03013 Alicante, Spain
Interests: sport; biomechanics; instrumentation; audio; video; performance; technology; rowing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Technological innovation has enabled researchers and practitioners to undertake physical performance assessment through accurate monitoring of physiological and biomechanical measurements. In laboratory environments, measurement conditions can be easily controlled to produce accurate results of performance metrics but with low ecological validity. Field testing allows performance assessment in conditions familiar to the athlete and with less time and space constraints, compared to laboratory testing. Portable devices such as smartphones and tablets are powerful, small, and cost-effective technology that can collect data through downloadable applications (apps) to quantify performance in training and competition. Current smartphone and tablet technology includes high-speed, high-resolution video recording, advanced computing power, inertial, temperature, magnetic, and proximity sensors, as well as global positioning receivers. Wearable devices are external sensors providing continuous and non-invasive monitoring of biosignals indicative of physical, physiological, and biochemical markers. As with smartphones and tablets, these devices have evolved to combine data collection and analysis embedded in wearable units with appropriate materials and software interfaces.

The aim of this Special Issue is to focus on describing the state of the art on the development, application, and use of portable and wearable devices, either working alone or combined, for the assessment of sports fundamentals of athletes in training and competition.

Prospective authors are cordially invited to submit their original research and review papers that address but are not restricted to the following topics:

  • Application developments
  • Validation studies
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Global navigation satellite system applications
  • Portable electromyography
  • Accelerometers
  • Pedometers
  • Biometric data via machine learning
  • G-force measurement
  • RFID and other technologies to quantify movement and distance profiles
  • Wristbands
  • Smartwatches
  • Fitness trackers
  • Smart clothing
  • Head-mounted displays
  • Other devices or sensors

Dr. Luca Paolo Ardigo
Dr. Basilio Pueo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • application developments
  • validation studies
  • heart rate monitors
  • global navigation satellite system applications
  • portable electromyography
  • accelerometers
  • pedometers
  • biometric data via machine learning
  • G-force measurement
  • RFID and other technologies to quantify movement and distance profiles
  • wristbands
  • smartwatches
  • fitness trackers
  • smart clothing
  • head-mounted displays
  • other devices or sensors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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