Sprint start kinetics: Comparison of amputee and non-amputee sprinters

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The purpose of this study was to observe relationships between reaction forces measured with an instrumented force starting block, start performance (normalized average horizontal block power) and 100 m personal record times in 142 male and female able-bodied sprinters. Further, start kinetics of 7 amputee sprinters and able-bodied sprinters of similar 100 m performance level were compared. Amputee sprinters showed a reduced starting performance, which seems to be related to their lower capacity of creating high peak forces with their rear (affected) legs. In able-bodied athletes, starting performance was related to peak force production in the front and rear blocks, but also to the ability to apply these forces in a horizontal direction. The obtained dataset offers a strong potential for the use in performance diagnostics and feedback training.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISBS - Conference Proceedings Archive: 33 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (2015)
Number of pages4
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) - Poitiers, France
Duration: 29.06.201503.07.2015
Conference number: 33

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