Multibody System Dynamics

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 225–237 | Cite as

Identifying the criterion spontaneously minimized during the take-off phase of a sub-maximal long jump through optimal synthesis

  • Monique Jackson
  • Ines Benkhemis
  • Mickaël Begon
  • Philippe Sardain
  • Claude Vallée
  • Patrick Lacouture


Optimal synthesis of human movement or the prediction of the kinematics of a new movement require not only that the multi-body system be modeled but also that a performance criterion is specified. For sub-maximal movements the selection of a suitable performance criterion, able to generate realistic dynamic behavior is difficult. A two-dimensional simulation model of the take-off phase of a sub-maximal long jump was developed to study the effect of criterion choice on the realism of simulated movements. A parametric optimization technique was employed to obtain solutions to the constrained equations of motion. Seven different criteria were evaluated, by comparing simulated movements with an actual performance, to identify the criterion which most closely approximated that spontaneously minimized by the athlete. Synthesis of the take-off phase of a sub-maximal long jump was found to be sensitive to the chosen criterion, with a criterion based on minimizing joint intersegmental forces found to perform well.


Optimal synthesis Criterion Spline Parametric optimization Sub-maximal Long jump Biomechanics Human performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monique Jackson
    • 1
  • Ines Benkhemis
    • 2
  • Mickaël Begon
    • 1
  • Philippe Sardain
    • 3
  • Claude Vallée
    • 3
  • Patrick Lacouture
    • 3
  1. 1.Dép. de Kinésiologie, Centre de Recherche Hôpital Sainte-JustineUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.SENSIXPoitiersFrance
  3. 3.Institut PPRIMMEUniversité de PoitiersPoitiersFrance

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