This innovative app could be the advantage our coaches and athletes need to earn that place on the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Like many Olympic teams in the United States, USA Diving’s athletes and coaches are located in different parts of the country, which made it challenging to keep track of each athlete’s training volume, performance, and health. Coaches recorded different metrics with different tools, and data wasn’t centralized for the team at USA Diving headquarters to analyze—making it difficult to maintain visibility across all Olympic divers.
USA Diving partnered with Topcoder to develop an iPad app that lets coaches and divers capture key data with a few easy taps. Topcoder’s iOS Community competed in eleven crowdsourcing challenges to design the user interface for the app, build a clickable prototype, and develop a ready-to-deploy application. USA Diving coaches and athletes are now using the app as they prepare for competition in Rio and beyond.
The USA Diving app records each diver’s health and mood at every training session, which helps medical staff monitor injuries and recovery time, and dives are entered with just a few taps—perfect for wet fingers. Videos of dives are captured using the iPad camera or uploaded from external devices.
A built-in dashboard helps coaches and athletes monitor the number and type of training dives performed and the dive scores. Data and videos from previous training sessions are also accessible through the app, so it’s easy to review past performance and look for opportunities to improve.
And best of all, coaches and staff at USA Diving headquarters now have visibility across the entire Olympic diving team. All data can be exported for analysis of health information and dive counts and scores, and USA Diving can better ensure consistency of training from one pool to the next.