Pressure sensor calibration for measuring stud-player impacts

OUDSHOORN, Bodil, DRISCOLL, Heather F, DUNN, Marcus and JAMES, David (2016). Pressure sensor calibration for measuring stud-player impacts. Procedia Engineering, 147, 688-693.

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In rugby union, laceration injuries can occur from players stamping on opponents in the ruck. To measure the stud-skin interaction during stamping movements, pressure sensors can be used. Pressure sensor calibration techniques have highlighted the need to perform calibrations using appropriate impact dynamics. A pilot study with seven rugby players informed the expected peak forces and loading rates of rugby stamps. Subsequently, a custom calibration procedure was developed, using a drop hammer and force platform to replicate the experimentally observed forces and loading rates. The conventional calibration of the pressure sensor system, supplied by the manufacturer, overestimated total force by 132%. The method described in this paper resulted in a mean error of 7.5%. This study describes a simple and effective calibration procedure for using pressure sensors when measuring the peak force from stud-player impacts. The method has potential to be used as an improved calibration protocol when the expected peak force range of the measured event is between 1800 and 3000 N. The calibrated pressure sensors will be used to obtain kinetic data from stamping events in the ruck in rugby union.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The Engineering of SPORT 11 issue. Presented at 11th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, ISEA. Delft, The Netherlands. 11-15 July 2016.
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Page Range: 688-693
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2016 15:42
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:35

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