Human Movement Quality Assessment Using Sensor Technologies in Recreational and Professional Sports: A Scoping Review

Sensors (Basel). 2022 Jun 24;22(13):4786. doi: 10.3390/s22134786.


The use of sensor technology in sports facilitates the data-driven evaluation of human movement not only in terms of quantity but also in terms of quality. This scoping review presents an overview of sensor technologies and human movement quality assessments in ecologically-similar environments. We searched four online databases to identify 16 eligible articles with either recreational and/or professional athletes. A total of 50% of the studies used inertial sensor technology, 31% vision-based sensor technology. Most of the studies (69%) assessed human movement quality using either the comparison to an expert's performance, to an exercise definition or to the athletes' individual baseline performance. A total of 31% of the studies used expert-based labeling of the movements to label data. None of the included studies used a control group-based study design to investigate impact on training progress, injury prevention or behavior change. Although studies have used sensor technology for movement quality assessment, the transfer from the lab to the field in recreational and professional sports is still emerging. Hence, research would benefit from impact studies of technology-assisted training interventions including control groups as well as investigating features of human movement quality in addition to kinematic parameters.

Keywords: inertial measurement unit; movement pattern; objective assessment; vision-based.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletes
  • Athletic Performance*
  • Humans
  • Movement
  • Sports Medicine*
  • Technology