Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


Growth in demands for skaters has led to an increase in sport related injuries. Studies show that 44% of figure skaters experience overuse injuries. Current skates are composed of stiff leather uppers, padding, and a wooden and cork sole. Landing loads which reach forces up to ten times a skater’s weight are repetitively applied to the skater’s joints without a means of cushioning. Exposure to these high landing loads leads to overuse injuries. The objective of this project is to develop a mechanical absorption system for figure skates which will aid in the prevention of jump landing-related injuries without obstructing the skaters’. The design absorbs loads in the vertical direction, preventing injurious loads from reaching the foot and ankle.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Mechanical Engineering


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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