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  • Summary: Lasers/radars for running analysis

    Below are the replies to a request for information on the use of
    radars/lasers to determine real time running speeds of athletes. We are
    grateful to all the respondents.

    1. Alexander Aurin

    We developed a laser method to determine real time sprint/running speeds
    and several other parameters from athletes in 1977. Our method was used
    by the USSR National track and field sports team for several years
    including the preparation to the 20 Olympic Games. We published several
    papers and obtained patents:

    Aruin, A.S., Raitsin, L.M., & Balachnichev, V.V. (1980) Utilization of =
    optical quantum generators (lasers) for controlling sports technique, =
    Teorija i Praktica Fizitcheskoj Kulturi (Theory and Practice in Physical =
    Education), 9:8-14 (in Russian)=20

    Raitsin, L.M., Aruin, A.S., Poltorapavlov, N.V., Kvorov, V.A., & =
    Beletsky J.E. (1981) Method for investigating characteristics of =
    movement of athletes, Teorija i Praktica Fizitcheskoi Kulturi (Theory =
    and Practice in Physical Education), 12:51-52 (in Russian)=20

    Patent USSR # 669371 MKI2 G08B 13/18 (1979) Device for control of the =
    crossing of a light border/ Aruin, A.S., Balachnitchev, V.V., = Z
    atsiorsky, V.M. & Raitsin, L.M.

    Patent USSR # 754727 MKI2 A61B 5/10 (1980) Device for measuring the =
    characteristics of the stride/Zatsiorsky, V.M., Raitsin, L.M., =
    Balachnitchev, V.V. & Aruin, A.S.=20

    Patent USSR #705978 MKI3 A61B 5/10 (1980) Device for measurement of =
    temporal and linear characteristics of the stride/Zatsiorsky, V.M., =
    Aruin, A.S., Raitsin, L.M. & Balachnitchev, V.V.=20

    If you are interested in obtaining copies of the mentioned above materials
    please provide me with your mail address. I will be happy to send them to

    2. Tim Wrigley

    Turk-Noack 1994. Field trial of the LAVEG laser diode system for kinematic
    analysis in various kind of sports. ISBS Budapest.

    3. Kit Vaughan (and Jesus Dapena)

    Vaughan and Matravers 1977. A biomechanical model of the sprinter. Journal
    of Human Movement Studies. 3, 207-213.

    4. Hans Gros

    Try contacting Dr. Juergen Krug ( who has used the
    Laveg system for approach velocities in gymnastics vaults.

    5. Jon Fewster

    ISB 95 paper by KIHU, the Finnish Institute of Olympiv Sport

    6. Doric Swain

    Margy Galloway at the N.S.W. Institute of Sport has used laser for
    velocity measurement of runners

    Ian Fairweather (via Dr.Con Hrysomallis)
    Department of Human Movement
    Victoria University
    PO Box 14428
    Victoria 8001