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
Major Qualifying Project
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