Giving the force direction: Analysis of speed skater push off forces with respect to an inertial coordinate system

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeConference contributionScientificpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)
23 Downloads (Pure)


Pushoff in speed skating requires an extensive motion strategy. During speed skating the skater continuously changes the lean and steering angle of the skate and therewith the direction of push-off, The forces in an inertial coordinate system can give insight into what amount of the push-off force is directed into the forward motion. In this paper we present the preliminary results of a study on the global forces in speed skating. From a mechanical viewpoint, increasing the lean angle of the skate seems beneficial at the end of the stroke, but detrimental at the start of the stroke. Furthermore the necessity of the
lateral force on the skate in the overall force production is a variable of interest for further investigation, since dynamically it has a disadvantageous effect on the forward motion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISBS - Conference Proceedings Archive
Subtitle of host publication34rd International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports
Place of PublicationKonstantz, Germany
PublisherInternational Society of Biomechanics in Sports
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event34th International Conference of Biomechanics in Sports - Tsukuba, Japan
Duration: 18 Jul 201622 Jul 2016


Conference34th International Conference of Biomechanics in Sports


  • Speed Skating
  • Winter Sports
  • Kinematics
  • Kinetics
  • Power

Cite this