Estimates of Running Ground Reaction Force Parameters from Motion Analysis

in Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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  • 1 University of Milan
  • 2 University of Bath
  • 3 Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
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We compared running mechanics parameters determined from ground reaction force (GRF) measurements with estimated forces obtained from double differentiation of kinematic (K) data from motion analysis in a broad spectrum of running speeds (1.94–5.56 m⋅s–1). Data were collected through a force-instrumented treadmill and compared at different sampling frequencies (900 and 300 Hz for GRF, 300 and 100 Hz for K). Vertical force peak, shape, and impulse were similar between K methods and GRF. Contact time, flight time, and vertical stiffness (kvert) obtained from K showed the same trend as GRF with differences < 5%, whereas leg stiffness (kleg) was not correctly computed by kinematics. The results revealed that the main vertical GRF parameters can be computed by the double differentiation of the body center of mass properly calculated by motion analysis. The present model provides an alternative accessible method for determining temporal and kinetic parameters of running without an instrumented treadmill.

Pavei and Storniolo are with the Laboratory of Physiomechanics of Locomotion, Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, University of Milan, Milan, Italy. Seminati is with the Department for Health, University of Bath, Bath, UK. Peyré-Tartaruga is with the Exercise Research Laboratory, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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