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Biomechanical loads in running-based sports: estimating ground reaction forces from segmental accelerations (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Jasper Verheul
  1. Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jasper Verheul, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom; j.p.verheul{at}ljmu.ac.uk

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The overall aim of this thesis was to investigate whether ground reaction forces (GRFs) can be estimated from segmental accelerations, to provide further insight in the feasibility of using body-worn accelerometers to monitor whole-body biomechanical loading during running-based (team-) sports.

Why did I do it?

Although the physiological demands of training have been investigated extensively, biomechanical loads and consequent responses are still poorly quantified and, therefore, not well understood.1 GRF is a well-established measure of external biomechanical loading which drives and is affected by muscular actions, and at the same time contributes to internal loads acting on individual structures (eg, muscles, tendons and bones). GRF thus forms an overall measure of the biomechanical loads experienced by the body as a whole and might be used to investigate the relation between whole-body loading and musculoskeletal responses. However, valid …

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