A comparison of the movement patterns of specific rugby union movements on both natural turf and artificial turf

Title: A comparison of the movement patterns of specific rugby union movements on both natural turf and artificial turf
Authors: O'Keeffe, Seamus
Fullam, Karl
Feeley, Marc O.
Caulfield, Brian
Delahunt, Eamonn
Coughlan, Garrett
Gilchrist, M. D.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8453
Date: 26-Oct-2014
Abstract: A limitation of sports kinematic studies is that they cannot fully represent in-situ play conditions for fast dynamic sports. This paper describes the use of new inertial sensor measurement technology (ODonovan et al., 2009) to analyse player motions in the field under game-like conditions in order to quantify the impact of different playing surfaces on movement patterns. The wireless sensor system used in this study (Shimmer 3, Shimmer Research, Ireland) is a lightweight (50x25x12.5mm3), wearable, low-power consumption inertial measurement unit that contains a tri-axial accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. Sensor data can be used to derive a range of spatiotemporal and kinematic variables to quantify performance during gait and other functional activities. In our research we are using these sensors as a means to characterise movement during a running activity. The motivation for this study has been to compare movement profiles and strategies of rugby players performing game related tasks on natural turf surfaces and on synthetic surfaces, to enable a better understanding of the impact of different playing surfaces on movement and associated forces and stresses exerted on the body. This is important as there is a growing trend towards use of synthetic surfaces in rugby union and there have been anecdotal reports of injuries that are perceived to be related to the playing surface. In this paper we present preliminary movement data acquired from players performing a 10m sprint test on natural and synthetic surfaces and describe our methods of data extraction and subsequent data processing.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: SCITEPRESS – Science and Technology Publications
Keywords: Personal sensing;Wearable sensors;Linear and angular acceleration;Impact biomechanics;Gait analysis
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: 2nd International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support (IcSPORTS 2014), Rome, Italy, 24-26 October 2014
Appears in Collections:Mechanical & Materials Engineering Research Collection
Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Research Collection
Insight Research Collection
Institute for Sport & Health Research Collection

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