BIOMECHANICS ANALYSIS OF "BRUSH KNEE AND TWIST STEPS" MOVEMENT IN TAI CHI

  • Mao Dewei
  • Youlian Hong
  • Jing Xian Li
  • Xu Dongqing
  • Dongli Wang
Keywords: tai chi, motion analysis, muscle strength, balance control

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the biomechanical characteristics of a typical Tai Chi (TC) movement - "brush knee and twist steps". A 3-Dimensional fixed video filming method was used for data collection. Three elite professional athletes of TC performed this movement three times and the best one was selected for analysis. The kinematics data included the distance of hands and feet, the angle between the feet, the joint angles of wrist, elbow and knee, the 3-dimensional displacement, velocity and acceleration of CG. The analysis showed that TC exercise could enhance the lower extremity muscular strength movement coordination, and the neuromuscular control for posture and balance.