A Proposed Method to Assess the Mechanical Properties of Treadmill Surfaces

Enrique Colino, Jorge Garcia-Unanue*, Bas Van Hooren, Leonor Gallardo, Kenneth Meijer, Alejandro Lucia, Jose Luis Felipe

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to define a reliable and sensitive test method for assessing Shock Absorption (SA), Vertical Deformation (VD), and Energy Restitution (ER) in treadmill surfaces. A total of 42 treadmills belonging to four different models were included in the study: (a) Technogym Jog700 Excite (n = 10), (b) Technogym Artis Run (n = 12), (c) LifeFitness Integrity Series 97T (n = 11), and (d) LifeFitness Integrity Series DX (n = 9). An advanced artificial athlete (AAA) device was used to assess SA, VD, and ER at three different locations along the longitudinal axis of each treadmill and in the support area of the athletes' feet. For each location, our results show that the error assumed when performing one impact with the AAA instead of three (SA

Original languageEnglish
Article number2724
Number of pages11
JournalSensors
Volume20
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • sport surfaces
  • running
  • biomechanics
  • shock absorption
  • energy restitution
  • COST
  • RELIABILITY
  • PERFORMANCE
  • ENERGETICS
  • KINEMATICS
  • STIFFNESS
  • GRASS

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