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Parameter determination for a computer simulation model of a diver and a springboard

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posted on 23.02.2010, 13:43 by Fred Yeadon, Pui W. Kong, Mark KingMark King
This study used kinematic data on springboard diving performances to estimate visco-elastic parameters of a planar model of a springboard and diver with wobbling masses in the trunk, thigh and calf segments and spring-dampers acting at the heel, ball and toe of the foot segment. A subject-specific angle-driven eightsegment model was used with an optimisation algorithm to determine visco-elastic parameter values by matching simulations to four diving performances. Using the parameters determined from the matching of a single dive in a simulation of another dive resulted in up to 31% difference between simulation and performance, indicating the danger of using too small a set of kinematic data. However using four dives in a combined matching process to obtain a common set of parameters resulted in a mean difference of 8.6%. Since these four dives included very different rotational requirements, it is anticipated that the combined parameter set can be used with other dives from these two groups.



  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


YEADON, M.R., KONG, P.W. and KING, M.A., 2006. Parameter determination for a computer simulation model of a diver and a springboard. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 22 (3), pp. 167-176


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