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Sports Biomechanics and Motor Control Research Group

Impact biomechanics

When people get hit or hit things the transient forces involved are normally high and produce mechanical shocks when compared to active muscularly directed human motion. In these situations standard biomechanical methods may not be applicable. In biomechanical calculations of forces the human body is normally considered to be a series of rigid links connected by simple rotational joints, however people are not made of rigid links and there can be times when this assumption is valid and times when it is not.

Consider the following list of activities that can occur within the domain of human movement and when rigid body modeling is applicable and when it is not.

slow motion landing
slow motion kick

Specific areas