Force plate assessment

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Jason Lake

This session will introduce delegates to what they can use force plate assessment for, by considering the type of tasks that qualify for force plate assessment and going on to look at the variables needed to quantify these tasks. This involves revisiting some basic biomechanical principles, including Newton’s laws of motion and the impulse-momentum theorem. The result will question why many of the popular and common variables are used, what they actually mean in the context of some of the more common tasks that are used within strength and conditioning and what their limitations might be. The aim is to provide a better understanding of what tasks are appropriate for force plate assessment, what and why certain variables should be considered and why certain variables really should be avoided. BIOG: Jason is currently a Reader in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at the University of Chichester where he teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate biomechanics modules and coordinates their MSc in Strength and Conditioning. His research attention has focused on the mechanical demands of resistance exercise and vertical jumping with more recent attention on methods used to assess the force-time characteristics of vertical jumping and the calculation of power output. In addition to this, Jason is considering appropriate methods for deconstructing the vertical jump force-time curves whilst he continues to focus on the mechanical demands of weightlifting derivatives and asymmetry at the foot-floor interface.