Sports Engineering

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 221–226

Characterising the impact performance of field hockey sticks

Authors

    • Centre for Sports Engineering ResearchSheffield Hallam University
    • Department of Engineering and MathsSheffield Hallam University
  • Leon Foster
    • Centre for Sports Engineering ResearchSheffield Hallam University
  • Matt Carré
    • Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Sheffield
  • Simon Choppin
    • Centre for Sports Engineering ResearchSheffield Hallam University
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s12283-012-0099-2

Cite this article as:
Allen, T., Foster, L., Carré, M. et al. Sports Eng (2012) 15: 221. doi:10.1007/s12283-012-0099-2

Abstract

Published research on field hockey equipment is scarce. The aim of this research was to investigate methods for characterising the impact performance of field hockey sticks. Three sticks were used with fundamental frequencies in the range 74–154 Hz. Striking an initially still ball with a stick was identified as the preferred method for characterising performance. Impacts were simulated at mean velocities of 19 m/s at toe and 16 m/s at the shaft. The mean apparent coefficient of restitution and standard deviation were −0.32 ± 0.05 at the toe and −0.18 ± 0.02 at the shaft. The foundation work presented here provides the foundations for developing a methodology for characterising the impact performance of field hockey sticks.

Keywords

BallDynamicStructural rigidityVelocity

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© International Sports Engineering Association 2012