GENERATING AND APPLYING KNOWLEDGE IN SPORTS BIOMECHANICS: EXAMPLES FROM ROWING AND RUNNING
Keywords: joint power, energy, range of motion, specificity, footwear
AbstractSometimes new knowledge, gleaned from our biomechanics experiments, is surprising, even counter-intuitive. Some examples from rowing and footwear biomechanics research illustrate this phenomenon. A study of ergometer rowing reveals a flexion moment at the knee joint while it is extending during the drive phase with implications for strength and conditioning. On-water rowing measurements of rower power output underline the importance of recovery phase technique. Observations of multi-segment foot motion while running have exposed the barefoot as a flexible power generator, raising questions about the efficacy of footwear. These experiences, surprising at their time, were signs of pushing the envelope and fine tuning of our models.
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