East Bay

Preparing the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team for the 2016 Summer Games

Sports & Athletics



Under the guidance of Kinesiology Assistant Professors Vanessa Yingling and Jenny O, Cal State East Bay graduate students Derek Yang and Nate Frost are using Dartfish, a popular video analysis software program, to help the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Dartfish allows kinesiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, and athletes to perform digital assessments of movement with precision.

Yang and Frost record physical movements that can be played back to coach and assess athletes. They also provide off-site testing at the team’s training site in the Bay Area and at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs.

“Bringing [Dartfish] into the biomechanics laboratories adds a new dimension that goes beyond theory,” says Dr. Yingling. “Students are required to use video to describe biomechanical concepts they learn in class. It also forces them to collaborate and problem-solve on their own.”

Within the kinesiology program, “our students are challenged to develop and demonstrate proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and math-related content knowledge and practical skills,” explains Dr. O. “Real-world projects like helping the Olympic team keep students interested.”