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Effects of mat characteristics on plantar pressure patterns and perceived mat properties during landing in gymnastics.
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PMID:  21309299     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Shock absorption and stability during landings is provided by both, gymnast ability and mat properties. The aims of this study were to determine the influence of different mat constructions on their energy absorption and stability capabilities, and to analyse how these properties affect gymnast's plantar pressures as well as subjective mat perception during landing. Six mats were tested using a standard mechanical drop test. In addition, plantar pressures and subjective perception during landing were obtained from 15 expert gymnasts. The different mats influenced plantar pressures and gymnasts' subjective perception during landing of gymnasts. Significant correlations between plantar pressures at the medial metatarsal and lateral metatarsal zones of the gymnasts' feet with the different shock absorption characteristics of the mats were found. However, subjective perception tests were not able to discriminate mat functionality between the six mats as no significant correlations between the mechanical mat properties with the subjective perception of these properties were found. This study demonstrated that plantar pressures are a useful tool for discriminating different landing mats. Using similar approaches, ideally including kinematics as well, could help us in our understanding about the influences of different mats upon gymnast-mat interaction.
Pedro Pérez-Soriano; Salvador Llana-Belloch; Gaspar Morey-Klapsing; Jose Antonio Perez-Turpin; Juan Manuel Cortell-Tormo; Roland van den Tillaar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sports biomechanics / International Society of Biomechanics in Sports     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1476-3141     ISO Abbreviation:  Sports Biomech     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101151352     Medline TA:  Sports Biomech     Country:  Scotland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Sport and Physical Education, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
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