On the Technique of Speed Skating

in Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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The mechanics of speed skating, as many other endurance sports, can be described by an energy flow equation. With such an equation the influence of suit, local pressure, altitude, shielding, and body position on speed is predicted. Next to these model predictions, the peculiar properties of the skating technique are discussed and their practical implications for skating the straight parts and the curves are indicated.

Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau, Ruud W. de Boer, and Gert de Groot are with the Faculty of Physical Education, Free University, Amsterdam, PO Box 7161, 1007 MC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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