PLANTAR FORCE MEASURES DURING FORWARD SKATING IN ICE HOCKEY

  • R. Turcotte
  • D. Pearsall
  • D. Montgomery
  • R. Lefebvre
  • M. Nicolaou
  • J. Loh
Keywords: skates, ice hockey, plantar pressures, impulse, stride rate

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to measure plantar pressure patterns during forward skating with ice hockey skates. Six elite ice hockey inter-university players volunteered to participate in the study. There was no significant change in push off force with velocity, but there was a decrease in contact time with increasing velocity. Given the decreased impulse with increasing speed, the increase in propulsion was the result of increasing stride rate. Comparison between anterior and posterior plantar regions as well as the medial and lateral regions revealed proportional loading changes with different speeds.
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Coaching and Sports Activities