Analyzing the Riding Behavior of Recreational Skiers and Snowboarders

    Volume 7, Issue 6 (June 2010)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 14 June 2010

    Page Count: 8


    Schmitt, Kai-Uwe
    Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Univ. and ETH Zurich, Zurich,

    AGU Zürich, Zurich,

    Niemetz, Peter
    Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Univ. and ETH Zurich, Zurich,

    Muser, Markus
    AGU Zürich, Zurich,

    (Received 27 October 2009; accepted 12 May 2010)

    Abstract

    Video recordings of a ski slope were used in combination with a video-based tracking software to analyze the riding behavior of skiers and snowboarders. It was shown that the methodology is a powerful tool to measure biomechanical parameters such as the speed and curve radii of individual skiers and snowboarders. A total of 6821 observations was recorded and evaluated. Average riding speeds ranged from 16 to 32 km/h (on the different parts of the slope that were analyzed) with maximum speeds of up to 113 km/h. Average curve radii between 6.2 and 9.3 m were measured.


    Paper ID: JAI102814

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI102814

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    Title Analyzing the Riding Behavior of Recreational Skiers and Snowboarders
    Symposium 17th Symposium on Skiing Trauma and Safety, 2009-05-02
    Committee F27