Use of a virtual world system in sports coach education for reproducing team handball movements


  • Antonio Lopes CIDESD
  • Bruno Pires UTAD
  • Marcio Cardoso UTAD
  • Arnaldo Santos PT Inova
  • Filipe Peixinho PT Inova
  • Pedro Sequeira Instituto Polit
  • Leonel Morgado UTAD - Universidade de Tr
  • Hugo Paredes UTAD - Universidade de Tr
  • Oleguer Camerino Foguet Universidad de Lleida,



Second Life, team handball, simulation, coaching, coaches, bots.


The continuous need for education and the significant changes in European policies and regulations overseeing sports coaching and training require the adjustment of teaching models and methods to the needs and potential of teachers, students, and technology. In educational and training programmes for team sports coaching, it is common to use a group of athletes or video to demonstrate physical, technical, and tactical procedures. This requires significant human resources, both while developing the procedures and to reproduce them. Furthermore, both cases (live execution by athletes or video recording) are limited in visual perspective and detail. For this reason, specific software for demonstrating tactical procedures is sometimes used. But existing software presents significant limitations, for instance, when one cannot change procedures in real time nor can one interact with the audience. This article focus on the development of a new resource: a software system combining tri-dimensional automated avatars in the Second Life world, an external control server, and an helper desktop application. Using this system, coaches enrolled in education/training programs can more easily be involved, even taking a player

Author Biographies

  • Antonio Lopes, CIDESD
    INEFC - L'Institut Nacional d
  • Bruno Pires, UTAD
  • Marcio Cardoso, UTAD
  • Arnaldo Santos, PT Inova
    PT Inova
  • Filipe Peixinho, PT Inova
    PT Inova
  • Pedro Sequeira, Instituto Polit
    ESDRM - Professor Doutor Coordenador e Presidente do Departamento de Treino Desportivo da Escola Superior de Desporto de Rio Maior - Instituto Polit
  • Leonel Morgado, UTAD - Universidade de Tr
  • Hugo Paredes, UTAD - Universidade de Tr
    UTAD - Universidade de Tr
  • Oleguer Camerino Foguet, Universidad de Lleida,
    INEFC - Institut Nacional d'Educaci






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