Force plate coverings significantly affect measurement of ground reaction forces
AffiliationFaculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, United Kingdom
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to carry out a material test to investigate the effect of different force plate coverings on vertical and horizontal ground reaction force and derived parameters. Four surface conditions were analysed; bare plate, vinyl, sportflex, and astroturf on a Kistler force plate. Vertical data were collected by dropping a 2 kg rigid, textured medicine ball from a low (61 cm) and a high (139 cm) height. Horizontal data were collected using a custom-built, rigid, metal pendulum device. A one-way ANOVA revealed a significant main effect of surface on peak force and rate of force development for high height, low height, and horizontal force conditions (all p<0.001), with effect sizes in the post-hoc analysis being mostly large to very large. Interestingly, sportflex yielded the highest vertical but the lowest horizontal ground reaction forces. This study showed the use of current force platform coverings had a significant effect on peak force and rate of force development measurements during a standardised testing procedure. Future research should try to obtain rate of force development values that more closely replicate aspects of human performance during standardised testing procedures. Also further investigate the effect of the different surfaces on ground reaction forces during human movement.
CitationSmith T, Ditroilo M (2023) Force plate coverings significantly affect measurement of ground reaction forces. PLoS ONE 18 (11): e0293959. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0293959
PublisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
PubMed ID37922265 (pubmed)
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