Validation of a 5-DoF intrumented speed skate: Towards a power meter for speed skating

Jeroen van der Eb, DirkJan Veeger, Jos de Koning

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Speed skates are the most important part of equipment of a speed skater, where weight, rocker and bend are just a few characteristics that are to a high degree individualized. This poses a challenge for any type of research in speed skating where forces have to be measured in a reliable manner. For this purpose, a 5 degrees of freedom (DoF) instrumented speed skate (VU-Skate) has been designed and validated, weighing only 130 gram extra. Skaters use their own blades and shoes, something skaters are very keen on. A calibration tool has been developed to calibrate the 5 DoF. The quality of the data has been validated in 2 ways: 1. With the use of force plates and 2. By comparing the signals to another (also newly developed) Ultra-light Forces sensor. The results are remarkably good. This is the first step in being able to measure power continuously during each stroke.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-518
JournalISBS Proceedings Archive
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventISBS 2019: 37th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference - Oxford, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201925 Jul 2019


  • speed skating
  • instrumented speed skate
  • dynamic forces and moments


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