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Force transducer system for measurement of ice hockey skating force

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The purpose of this study was to develop a portable force measurement system for ice hockey skating. The system consisted of three strain gauge pairs affixed to an ice hockey skate’s blade holder with wire leads connected to a microprocessor controlled data acquisition device carried in a backpack worn by the skater. The configuration of the strain gauges simultaneously determined the vertical and medial–lateral force components experienced by the blade holder with a resolution accuracy of 1.9 N and a coefficient of variation of 9.2%. On-ice testing of this system with subjects performing forward start, acceleration, and constant velocity skating permitted unencumbered, natural movement and demonstrated clear, unambiguous signal responses, high trial-to-trial repeatability, and easy data retrieval. The practicality and accuracy of this testing approach have many applications, such as a quantitative tool for skating force assessment to aid athletes and coaches, as well as providing the means to examine other skill-specific dynamics.

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The authors would like to thank Bauer Hockey Corp. for their significant financial and in-kind contributions to the study, as well as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for their financial support.

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Correspondence to Rene Albert Turcotte.

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Stidwill, T.J., Turcotte, R.A., Dixon, P. et al. Force transducer system for measurement of ice hockey skating force. Sports Eng 12, 63–68 (2009).

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