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Title: Subject-specific computer simulation model for determining elbow loading in one-handed tennis backhand groundstrokes.
Authors: King, Mark A.
Glynn, Jonathan A.
Mitchell, Sean R.
Keywords: Computer model
Forward dynamics
Ball-racket impact
Top-spin
Slice
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: KING, M.A., GLYNN, J.A. and MITCHELL, S.R., 2011. Subject-specific computer simulation model for determining elbow loading in one-handed tennis backhand groundstrokes. Sports Biomechanics, 10 (4), pp. 391 - 406.
Abstract: A subject-specific angle-driven computer model of a tennis player, combined with a forward dynamics, equipment-specific computer model of tennis ball–racket impacts, was developed to determine the effect of ball–racket impacts on loading at the elbow for one-handed backhand groundstrokes. Matching subject-specific computer simulations of a typical topspin/slice one-handed backhand groundstroke performed by an elite tennis player were done with root mean square differences between performance and matching simulations of < 0.5°over a 50 ms period starting from ball impact. Simulation results suggest that for similar ball–racket impact conditions, the difference in elbow loading for a topspin and slice one-handed backhand groundstroke is relatively small. In this study, the relatively small differences in elbow loading may be due to comparable angle–time histories at the wrist and elbow joints with the major kinematic differences occurring at the shoulder. Using a subject-specific angle-driven computer model combined with a forward dynamics, equipment-specific computer model of tennis ball–racket impacts allows peak internal loading, net impulse, and shock due to ball–racket impact to be calculated which would not otherwise be possible without impractical invasive techniques. This study provides a basis for further investigation of the factors that may increase elbow loading during tennis strokes.
Description: This article was published in the journal Sports Biomechanics [© Taylor and Francis] and the definitive version is available from; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14763141.2011.629306.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/14763141.2011.629306
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9386
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14763141.2011.629306
ISSN: 1476-3141
1752-6116
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