Lower limb asymmetries during the skeleton push start

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The aim of this study was to identify the presence and performance implication of asymmetry within the skeleton push start. Motion data were captured on 13 international skeleton athletes, using a custom 9-camera computer vision system. 6 maximal effort pushes were captured allowing the reconstruction of a 0–15 m push. Intra-limb differences for spatiotemporal variables and the change in velocity (ΔV) across a step were analysed. A negative relationship existed between 5 – 15 m split time and ΔV across a stride. Athletes who maximise their velocity across a stride were more likely to perform well in the skeleton push start. Though athletes employed different strategies based on inside and outside leg ΔV to achieve their performance outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISBS Proceedings Archives
Subtitle of host publication40th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports (2022) Liverpool, UK, July 19-23, 2022
PublisherInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2022
EventInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference - Liverpool
Duration: 19 Jul 202223 Jul 2022


ConferenceInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports Conference
Abbreviated titleISBS 2022
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