This paper deals with the analysis of experimental data obtained using an ergometer apparatus. A straightforward analysis method based on the power equation and the concept of generalized torques is presented. This method makes it possible to study the influence of the net muscle joint torques and gravity and inertia forces on the crank torque. The assumptions and limitations of the proposed method are discussed and this method is compared with the methods of analysis proposed by other researchers. In order to assess the validity of the method, some experimental data are elaborated. Results show that the method can highlight the effect of training and the pedaling technique of an athlete.
Issue Section:Technical Papers
Keywords:torque, muscle, biomechanics, kinematics, sport, ergonomics, physiological models
Topics:Gravity (Force), Inertia (Mechanics), Muscle, Torque, Dynamometers
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