Categories: Brenda Thomson, James Davis, John Drazan, Science of Athletic Performance
This past week was a mixed bag. We were visited by Professor David T. Corr on Monday, and Professor Shayla Sawyer on Wednesday.
Monday was a great success all around with each and every group getting their data collection system to work and gaining a much deeper understanding of the material. Dr. Corr floated to each group and students asked questions to get to the bottom of the phenomena they have been experimenting with. This seemed to really cement some concepts for the students. Everyone then took this into the engineering section. While past sections were a struggle, it paid off on Monday when every student group for the first time, got to see the fruits of their labor with working data collection.
Hopes were high going into Wednesday. Dr. Sawyer did a great job of explaining all of the different ways in which sensors are changing the NBA and demonstrating the importance of the program material to the field. However, the data collection portion of the day was a bit of a mess. The gym got so hot it changed the resistance values students had previously worked to calibrate, and consumed a lot of our valuable time. Additionally, students were hot and tired and wanted to sit down rather than run tests. One group broke their force plate, but only after getting the data they needed.