Catapult are in the midst of developing specific algorithms for football goalkeepers, incorporating complex mathematics from the informative Inertial Movement Analysis (IMA) designed for measuring micro-movements like changes of directions, accelerations, decelerations and jumps.
Football teams around the world are already using IMA to take their performance analysis to the next level, understanding the benefits of the innovative approach to measuring what can’t be detected with GPS and video technologies. But with the movement of goalkeepers being so unique compared to a team’s midfielders and strikers, Catapult clients have helped provide valuable feedback to address a specific algorithm for the specific position.
This advanced form of sports science will further expand on IMA applications by utilising a complex series of algorithms to isolate movement from gravity, which all never-before-seen insight in to the small, powerful movements required to be an elite goalkeeper. Unique movements like diving, jumping, repeat high intensity actions and, of course, reaction times, are all vital skillsets of a goalkeeper, and cannot currently be measured on the field with any available technology.
Piggybacking off Catapult’s experience with dozens of football programs around the world, the goalkeeping algorithm will be the first of many specified approaches to performance analysis on the cards in the coming months – with specific algorithms for Australian Rules football kicking, American football quarterback movements, and baseball pitchers all in early development.
Intertwined with the current work being done with goalkeepers is the kicking algorithm currently being devised by Catapult’s Product Development Manager in conjunction with its team of mechanical engineers.