The U-M Exercise and Sport Science Initiative awarded $800,000 in funding to six teams as part of its second round of pilot grants. The winning projects include:
- Sensor technology and complex analytics to assess, monitor and predict injury in elite baseball pitchers
- A data-driven, non-invasive approach for monitoring hydration status in athletes
- A projection-based augmented reality system for inclusive recreational sports and performance tracking
Researchers at all three U-M campuses submitted proposals. All projects reflect the five grand research challenges identified by ESSI: improved physical activity across the lifespan; wise wearable sensor technology; injury prevention, diagnosis and management; individualized augmented reality and virtual reality; and sport and learning analytics. Launched in 2016, ESSI draws on expertise from a wide range of faculty across campus, Michigan Athletics and industry partners to optimize physical performance and health for people of all ages and abilities.