FORCE AND CENTER OF PRESSURE EVALUATION WITH AN INSTRUMENTED PLATFORM FOR SWIMMING PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION

  • Luis Mourão
  • Leandro Machado
  • Ricardo Fernandes
  • J. Paulo Vilas-Boas
  • Mário Vaz
Keywords: strain-gauge, repeatability, load cell

Abstract

Start technique may consume an important amount of time in swimming events. Its optimization is the main target of a force platform design and implementation in order to bring benefits to coaching and to swimmer’s performance. Such a platform is being designed for technical performance evaluation of the start technique in elite swimmers and mimics the start block, namely fulfilling new FINA’s facilities rules. The purpose of this study is to present results of calibration procedures in order to define transfer function for determination and measurement of force and centre of pressure position in such an instrumented platform.