CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu’s sporting fraternity is optimistic that an exclusive centre for biomechanics will be a game-changer for the sector. Even half-a-decade ago, applying such concepts to disciplines other than cricket was a distant dream. But if not for the corrections suggested by performance analysts, the Indian women’s hockey team would have struggled to make it to Rio Olympics last year.
The team’s biomechanist Amutha Prakash said: “We had prepared baseline data based on the performance of all our players over the last four years and suggested corrections to individual players. This helped us, particularly against Australia”.
While such a centre will help the State’s rural talent, Ramji Srinivasan, strength and fitness conditioner of the Tamil Nadu Ranji cricket team, opined that biomechanics alone will not help sportspersons in achieving desired results.
“Data collected should be inferred and put to use properly. In India, most times, data is lost in translation as it percolates across layers,” he said.