Christopher G. Provatidis



Based on previously published measurements and simulations, this paper discusses biomechanical issues related to the performance of standing long jump. Using a two-dimensional five segment link model for the same velocity of the center of gravity at take-off, and assuming different but standard shape geometries at take-off and landing, it is numerically shown that the use of halteres progressively increases the jumping distance. Moreover, for a given body shape at landing, a graphical method is proposed to determine the particular position of the arms at landing for which a slight further increase of 1 up to 2 cm in the length of jump is achieved. The main idea of this paper can be easily incorporated into more advanced third party biomechanical models in which full dynamics and control of the long jump is considered.


Biomechanics, Standing long jump, Halteres, Computer-Aided-Sports


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School of Mechanical Engineering, Division of Mechanical Design and Control Systems, Zografou Campus, 9 Iroon Polytecneiou Str, 15780 Zografou, Greece

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