Abstract Title

Stroke Timing Device for Visually Impaired Rowers

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Authors' Class Standing

All Freshman

Lead Presenter's Name

Jordan Pfile

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. James Pembridge

Abstract

Stroke Timing Device for Visually Impaired Rowers

Adaptive Rowing is a sport used to support athletes and activity for rehabilitation for those with physical and visual impairments. This research project explores the challenges associated with visually impaired rowers and how to support their autonomy. Through interviews and observations of adaptive rowers and coaches, synchronized timing of the catch and release with other rowers was recognized as a fundamental challenge. Following a design process, a device that utilizes intermediary auditory cues was developed to synchronize rowers. The device was evaluated to identify how many strokes it took for blind rowers using an ergometer to return to synchronization. Findings indicate that using the device, rowers returned to synchronization within one full cycle of the auditory cue.

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Stroke Timing Device for Visually Impaired Rowers

Stroke Timing Device for Visually Impaired Rowers

Adaptive Rowing is a sport used to support athletes and activity for rehabilitation for those with physical and visual impairments. This research project explores the challenges associated with visually impaired rowers and how to support their autonomy. Through interviews and observations of adaptive rowers and coaches, synchronized timing of the catch and release with other rowers was recognized as a fundamental challenge. Following a design process, a device that utilizes intermediary auditory cues was developed to synchronize rowers. The device was evaluated to identify how many strokes it took for blind rowers using an ergometer to return to synchronization. Findings indicate that using the device, rowers returned to synchronization within one full cycle of the auditory cue.