LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF JUMPING MECHANICS IN MASTER ATHLETES
Keywords: leg stiffness, leg compression, vertical jump performance
AbstractThis investigation forms part of a larger project studying running gait in master athletes. Improved dynamic performance has been shown to be associated with low leg stiffness values (Laffaye et al., 2005). Previously a cross-sectional analysis of jumping suggested that leg compression reduced and leg stiffness increased with age, whilst joint contributions to these changes were found to be subject dependent (Diss et al, 2006). The aim of this longitudinal study is to examine the effect of ageing on vertical jump performance indicators such as leg compression and stiffness in master athletes. (Work in progress).
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