Biomechanical Analysis of the Stroking Cycle in the Sport of Sledge Hockey

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Gal, Alicia




The objective of this thesis is to investigate stroking cycles used to produce skating in sledge hockey (SH). Skating is produced solely from the upper limbs using two sticks with picks that make contact with the ice surface. Results are first of its kind for SH. Research presented is comprised of two studies. From aggregated results, stroke kinematics (i.e., elbow joint angles, and stick impact and push-off angles) appear to be important factors for producing enhanced skating. Stick initial impact was determined to be a potential mechanism for injury. Study 1 investigates free fall downward poling from an anatomically correct mechanical prototype (SLAM-80), with a solid-static upper limb-stick system. Study 2 investigates task naïve double poling during off-ice skating. Participants propelled themselves through a motion capture – 4 force plate system. SLAM-80 was validated from Study 2 results. Future investigations of spiking impact forces can occur without humans.


Engineering - Biomedical
Applied Mechanics
Engineering - Mechanical




Carleton University

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Engineering, Biomedical

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