Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


Injuries to the ACL are the most prevalent injury in the sport of alpine skiing. Typical alpine ski bindings are good at preventing some injuries, but they do not target the mechanisms of ACL injuries. This project aims to solve the issue by adding a binding mounting plate between the binding and the ski targeting the most common mechanism of ACL injury, known as Phantom Foot, which is attributed to ACL strain due to inward Valgus rotation. The solution to preventing Phantom Foot was determined to be a pivot point about the toe and absorption of lateral displacement at the heel of the boot. This project analyzed several potential designs to absorb the injurious forces during the phantom foot scenario in an attempt to determine the most effective design.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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