The legacy stands: arrangement between Santiago 2023 and Universidad San Sebastián will enable the first biomechanical study in Pan American Games

For the first time in history, an event with such continental reach will have access to this investigation that was only made in the Olympic Games, benefiting athletes of the 41 nations which participate.

An observational study that aims to benefit athletes that will participate in the Pan American Games 2023 was made official today between the Santiago 2023 Corporation and the University San Sebastián (USS), an investigation that used to only take place at the Olympic Games.

This agreement signed between the Chief Executive Officer of the Organizing Committee, Harold Mayne-Nicholls, and the Dean of the educational establishment, Hugo Lavados Montes, will formalize the first biomechanical study that will help athletes arrive in better conditions to the Olympic Games of Paris 2024.

The analysis will be carried out by researchers of the educational establishment of the USS, kinesiology and physical education students, along with experts of the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC, its acronym in Spanish), where a great amount of variables about the athletes will be analyzed, evaluating their physical capabilities in search for a better performance in high competition sports.

This project focuses on the observational analysis of technical and biomechanical aspects in athletics events by documenting speed and jumping events from the inside of the central Coliseum of the Estadio Nacional.

The signing of the collaboration agreement between Corporación Santiago 2023 and Universidad San Sebastián (Photo: Santiago 2023).


In detail, there will be 2D recordings using modern technologies such as high speed and high-definition cameras capable of recording 300 pictures per second. Furthermore, there will be a speedometer radar, photoelectric cells, and the image analysis software Kinovea.

11 events will be performed on the track: 100 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1,500 m, 5,000 m, 10,000 m, 3,000 m with obstacles, 100 m hurdles, 110 m hurdles, 400 m hurdles, and relay 4 x 100 m. These events will provide data about time, space, spacetime, and angles, among other technical aspects.

After that, those recordings will be processed in a software and analyzed to then provide the information to the athletes and their coaches as a key to improve their performance.


The Dean Lavados declared “the Universidad San Sebastián is committed to the sports development, supporting the upbringing of future talents in many disciplines; supporting the activities that encourage learning and the participation of our researchers and academics; and lending the Ciudad Deportiva USS’s facilities.”

On the other hand, Mayne-Nicholls mentioned that “never before had a research of this kind been carried out at the Pan American Games, meaning the support of the USS will be an important milestone for the sports scientific research of the country and the world, being added to the legacy that will make history in the Pan American Games.”

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