Figure Skating

CROSS VALIDATION OF A FIGURE SKATING BLADE INSTRUMENTED TO MEASURE FIGURE SKATING IMPACT FORCES.

Purpose: To validate an instrumented figure skating blade that is designed to measure impact forces while skating. Methods: Seven subjects (Age: 21.3±2.8 yrs, Ht: 166.9±2.5 cm, Mass: 64.7±7.9 kg) performed 20 landings each onto artificial ice while landing on the instrumented blade from heights of 17.5cm, 25cm, and 33cm. A custom instrumented blade calibrated to measure in forces in Newtons (N) was used to measure impact forces (1000Hz) during landings. These forces were compared to forces obtained while subjects landed on AMTI force plates located underneath the artificial ice surface. Boot angle (250Hz) and force plate data (1000Hz) were collected using Vicon Nexus. Custom LabVIEW programs were used to determine peak force, loading rate, impulse, and the correlation between the blade force data and the force plate data. Paired T-tests were used to compare peak force, loading rate, and impulse between the blade and force plate data. Alpha = 0.05. Results: Correlations between the blade force data and force plate data were good to excellent: mean r (±SD) = .86 ± 0.08. No significant differences were found for peak force and impulse between the blade and force plate data. Peak force means (±SD) were 1353.7 ± 352.2 N for the blade and 1361.2 ± 309.7 N for the force plate (p=.86). Conclusion: The custom instrumented blade is a valid tool for measuring peak forces and impulse during landings. Current research is focused on increasing the gain of the instrumented blade to improve loading rate accuracy.
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