SCAR tries to highlight wateractivity and swimming as important and interesting reserach topics.SCAR aims to find research topics, answers and publish research documents that relates to aquatic development and swimming.
We work with a advisory board that guides us in relevant topics and help the students and university faculty to find topics to research. We connect scientists with coaches and build a bridge between the acadimical world and the practical world.
The water is a totally different environment than land. Water experiences stimulate different processes in human beings than land experiences.
However, the real potential of water has not been realized, and research could lead to large reserves of unrealized potential in a number of areas. Different approaches and differently designed patterns of stimulus could yield different results.
Research needs to be done.
These are only a few samples of possible research :
Talented swimmers obviously have a different “relationship” with the water than less talented swimmers. What is this relationship and how does it work? Is it possible to do different things in training, or in early childhood water exposure, in order to develop this quality of relationship?
Can injuries be prevented, and performance increased, by altering swimming movements?
Can the perceptual and emotional attributes of talented swimmers be learned, and then transposed to other populations for medical or physical performance needs?
Are there better ways to teach swimming? Does parental involvement affect the relationship between a child and parent? There is a growing loss of empathy in the human race. Is it possible to increase empathetic experiences between parent and child by using the water?
Research shows that contact with nature increases academic performance and alters behavior and relationships. Imitation, or sham, nature does not work. Is it possible that immersion in the water is a powerful experience in nature, (whether it is in a pool or the ocean, lake, or river), due to the unique multisensory and emotional experiences evoked by the water?
Is it possible to improve academic performance, or alter antisocial behaviors, by using the water?
Because of the diverse multisensory stimulus that is available in the water, could stroke victims or people with neurological impairments be helped through unique aquatic programs?
There is widespread anecdotal evidence that the water has a profound effect on some autistics. In spite of this common perception among professionals and caregivers, there is a paucity of research. Could research establish the validity of these anecdotal encounters?
Can the unique multisensory aspects of the water be used to change sensory function in other sports, thus increasing performance?
Are there ways to accelerate recovery from training or competition in other sports by using the water, using the multisensory aspects of interaction with the water? Can other beneficial recovery influences be found, using other aquatic traits for massage, joint mobility, pliability, pliability, etc? Can the water be used for yet to be discovered ways to build strength and fitness?
Can the unique multisensory qualities, and other qualities of the water be used to restore or maintain health and performance in aging populations?
Drowning appears to be on the increase worldwide, especially in developing or undeveloped countries with large areas of natural water. Statistics are becoming more reliable, and indicate that drowning is a leading cause of accidental death. Are there inexpensive ways to alter this serious public health problem?
Quality of movement changes in the water. Talented swimmers appear to have a different quality of movement in the water than average swimmers, average swimmers have different qualities of movement than non swimmers. Can technology be developed to help explain and understand this difference, thus leading to strategies for changing performances of all varieties?
SCAR brings parties together to realize innovation in Aquatics, and offers support in project management, appropriate contracts and appointments or communication. One precondition is that the innovation is backed by a company, a sports organization and a knowledge group who will all invest time and/or money.
By means of a reimbursement agreement, SCAR can participate in the project financially. As a motor behind innovation, SCAR is geared to setting innovations in motion and to making use of commercial successes for new innovation projects. Of course, the company itself ought to gain most benefit from the project.
SCAR can have less influence on innovations that have already been realized, but synergy with other sports innovations with which we are familiar is probably also possible. In that case, an investment is less opportune but the use of our network may be interesting.
SCAR does not aim at making profits, is independent, does not charge for hours worked, and is not a consultancy agency. A non-obligatory exchange of thoughts is always possible. If we invest time and money in a project, the costs are covered by a reimbursement agreement. If commercial success does not materialize, all parties are unfortunate. Of course we are critical about the projects we decide to take on; after all, there must be a genuine chance of success.
We will be pleased to hear whether or not you would like to discuss your ideas with us. Our independence from the world of sport, trade & industry and the knowledge domain is extremely important, and for that reason confidentially will be self-evident.