DOES THE SITTING POSITION INFLUENCE CLAY TARGET SHOOTING PERFORMANCE IN ATHLETES WITH A MOTOR IMPAIRMENT?

  • Valentina Camomilla
  • Aurora Summa
  • Luigi Fattorini
  • Dario Dalla Vedova
  • Claudio Gallozzi
  • Francesco Fazi
  • Marco Bernardi
Keywords: Paralympic classification, clay target shooting, inertial measurement unit, surface electromyography

Abstract

Olympic trap clay target shooting (CTS) is currently performed by motor impaired individuals (MII), but not yet included in the International Paralympic Committee endorsement. This study aimed at supporting the development of a classification model that divides athletes competing in standing and sitting postures. Two groups of 5 standing and 5 sitting MII athletes were recruited for an instrumented CTS task execution. During competition, sitting athletes showed a lower rate of success with respect to the standing ones only for targets requiring wider ranges of motion, possibly due to fatigue. Their predominant use of upper body movements implies an adapted technique to reach a good performance, testified by a smoother movement, a lower peak accelerations at the gun tip, a smaller range for all absolute and relative rotations, and a different muscle activity.
Published
2016-05-05