Performance of elite seated discus throwers in F30s classes : part II: does feet positioning matter?

Frossard, Laurent A., O'Riordan, Alison, & Smeathers, James (2013) Performance of elite seated discus throwers in F30s classes : part II: does feet positioning matter? Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 37(3), pp. 192-202.

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Abstract

Background: Studies on the relationship between performance and design of the throwing frame have been limited. Part I provided only a description of the whole body positioning.

Objectives: The specific objectives were (a) to benchmark feet positioning characteristics (i.e. position, spacing and orientation) and (b) to investigate the relationship between performance and these characteristics for male seated discus throwers in F30s classes.

Study Design: Descriptive analysis.

Methods: A total of 48 attempts performed by 12 stationary discus throwers in F33 and F34 classes during seated discus throwing event of 2002 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships were analysed in this study. Feet positioning was characterised by tridimensional data of the front and back feet position as well as spacing and orientation corresponding to the distance between and the angle made by both feet, respectively.

Results: Only 4 of 30 feet positioning characteristics presented a coefficient correlation superior to 0.5, including the feet spacing on mediolateral and anteroposterior axes in F34 class as well as the back foot position and feet spacing on mediolateral axis in F33 class.

Conclusions: This study provided key information for a better understanding of the interaction between throwing technique of elite seated throwers and their throwing frame.

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ID Code: 55333
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Biomechanics, athletes with disability, Paralympic sport, performance, seated throw, throwing technique, classification, feet position
DOI: 10.1177/0309364612458686
ISSN: 0309-3646
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Rehabilitation Engineering (090305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Biomechanics (110601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 16 Dec 2013 04:34
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2015 19:05

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