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    Analyzing the Riding Behavior of Recreational Skiers and Snowboarders

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    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.


    skiing, snowboard, speed, curve radius, biomechanics, sports, trauma

    Author Information:

    Schmitt, Kai-Uwe
    Univ. and ETH Zurich, Zurich,

    AGU Zürich, Zurich,

    Niemetz, Peter
    Univ. and ETH Zurich, Zurich,

    Muser, Markus
    AGU Zürich, Zurich,

    Committee/Subcommittee: F27.85

    DOI: 10.1520/STP49265S