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This paper describes a novel force acquisition system capable of measuring the
force profiles of high-energy short-duration impacts. This force acquisition system was used to
test dynamically a cricket leg guard and to create a contour map of the peak transmitted forces
across the garment’s surface. The cricket leg guard was found to provide most protection in
the central shin and knee regions, areas most likely to be impacted normally and so to receive
the highest-energy impacts. The use of this system will enable a dynamic test procedure to be
developed to mimic impact conditions encountered during a game, allowing optimization of
cricket pad designs for specific impacts.