The performance of dynamic jumps is the result of complex interactions
between many factors, including approach characteristics, muscle strength
and activation timings, and the elastic properties of external contact
surfaces. The research aims to determine the contributions of these factors
to the performance of dynamic jumps, to investigate optimum technique
and to gain a greater understanding of the underlying mechanics.
Theoretical computer simulation models have been developed incorporating muscle representations and elastic interfaces between the model and the external contact surfaces. The simulation models have been customised to represent an elite athlete by calculating subject-specific inertia and muscle parameters from measurements taken on the subject. The simulation models are evaluated by comparing simulations of each movement with performances by the elite athlete. Once evaluated the simulation models have been used to optimise performance.