The biomechanics of winter sports: tracking an athlete's forces with espressoDAQ

The previous articles dealt mainly with optimizing equipment like safety bindings and ski boots for winter sports. Another fascinating area is the motion sequences of the athletes themselves and the mechanical interplay of human and technology.

Biomechanics is the scientific field that examines this connection in precise detail. This is another area with many varied applications for measurement technology.

Biomechanics also plays an important role in winter sports. It opens up possibilities for athletes to optimize their motion sequences individually.

The same holds true in various types of Nordic skiing, currently experiencing a boom, such as cross-country skiing.

A measurement system for reliably recording biomechanical sequences has been lacking for a long time in this area. In this article, researchers from the Swiss Institute CSEM present a biomechanical analysis system in which the portable espressoDAQ from HBM plays a decisive role in measurement data acquisition.

See the research report at Google Books

Biomechanical analysis of alpine skiing

The interest in biomechanical research also extends to alpine skiing.

In this field as well, tests and inspections frequently make use of HBM measurement technology – as demonstrated by this article, in which an HBM Z7 load cell was used:


How does the training behavior of athletes change in response to extreme exertion?

A new study from Norway shows that the biomechanical analysis can produce direct effects on successful performance.

12 elite skiers were studied while examining how the technique and efficiency of skiers changed under the extreme loads of cross-country skiing – and what effects that should have on future training programs.

Read the article: Changes in Technique and Efficiency After High-Intensity Exercise in Cross-Country Skiers

This study included a force measurement system in which type VY strain gauges were used.

The measurement system itself is described in another article in Sports Engineering magazine.

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