“Unique lab resources and research competence in close proximity to sports make it easy to choose Mid Sweden University,” says Matej Supej from the University of Ljubljana. These aspects, together with the availability of high-performance trial subjects, make the lab a world leader. He is a guest researcher at Mid Sweden University for six months.
His research is about developing software and methods for monitoring and analyzing downhill skiing and cross-country skiing with advanced GPS technology. Matej Supej follows skiers with GPS as they ski a competition route, such as the Olympic trails in Vancouver. Recording GPS data provides skiers and trainers with much more information than video recordings offer. The method is therefore a valuable help in their work to improve the skiers’ technique.
The research environment at the Winter Sports Center is especially attractive to sports researchers who focus on winter sports. The trial subjects who participate belong to the Swedish elite. They are all on one of the Swedish national teams, and a great majority of them live in Östersund. They train and test in one of the labs at the Winter Sports Center.
Facts about the National Winter Sports Center at Mid Sweden University
Overarching research areas are Sports and Performance and Sports and Health.
Laboratories are equipped for endurance, strength, speed, fitness, motion analysis, body composition, etc.
Here the Swedish national teams in cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and biathlon train and are tested Test laboratories are also student labs for sports science and Sportstech.
Investments totaling SEK 38 million have been made since its inception in 2001.
Image: Emil Jönsson a member of the Swedish national team in cross-country skiing are tested.
Photo: Lars Aronsson