Sports is all about maximizing the performance of the human body. The AnyBody Modeling System can provide a new understanding of the body's working conditions and the bottlenecks for improved performance. Furthermore, when those bottlenecks have been identified, the AnyBody Modeling System can help device exercises targeted at strengthening those precise points of the body.
In terms of the actual sports performance, the technology is mostly useful for repetitive and controlled movements, such as bicycling and rowing. However, for design of exercise programs and for rehabilitation after injury, the system is universally applicable for any physical sports performance.
Bicycling is a fascinating sport in which small advantages between riders make the entire difference. Fine adjustments of the bicycles or exercise strategies can mean the difference between victory and defeat. With the complexity of the mechanics of the human body, the road to improved performance remains any man's guess.
On the other hand, bicycling is one of the cases that are very well-suited for analysis by the AnyBody Modeling System. It is a highly repetitive task, and it is a good assumption that the rider is capable of recruiting muscles optimally for the task. Furthermore, AnyBody bicycle models have shown good agreement with experimental results in terms of muscle recruitment as well and predicted pedal forces. So with the type of rigorous mechanical model provided by the AnyBody Modeling System, quantitative answers can be provided about the consequence of design changes.
For bicycle modeling for a particular rider it is advisable to combine the investigations with experimental activities to make sure that the correspondence between the model and the the rider is maintained when the parameters of the model are changed. The model can then be used to predict the parameter changes that can improve performance.