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Thomas Pandorf
05-17-1999, 07:48 PM
Dear Biomechler,

here is a summary of the responses I received. Thanks to all responders!

The original question was:

I have a question concerning tennis rackets. Are there any standardized
measurement procedures to determine the dynamic forces acting on the
hand and arm when hitting the ball? Does anybody know suitable
measurement techniques to measure these values? The problem behind that
is the determination of racket frequencies and its resulting forces on
the player.

The replies:

You should contact Duane Knudson, [DKNUDSON@csuchico.edu]. He has done
several studies using small force transducers on the handle to measure
forces during the forehand stroke

Rafael Bahamonde

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Dear Thomas,

The reference list below may be a starting point for your question. Good

Rob Bower

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Dear Thomas

In order to measure the forces applied on tennis rackets, it is possible
glue strains gages on the handle. If the shape of this handle is not to
complicated, it is possible to acheive forces and torques, if not, you
have only the frequencies.

To measure racket frequencies , it is possible also to dispose an
accelerometer stuck on the frame of the racket.

In lab conditions, to standardize the measurement, the grip must be
in a vice and the ball must drop at a known distance.

Best regards

Jean Paul Micallef, PhD
99 Rue du Puech Villa
France, 34197 Montpellier Cedex 5
Email: biomeca@cnusc.fr


Dr.-Ing. Thomas Pandorf
Institut fuer Allgemeine Mechanik
Templergraben 64
D-52056 Aachen

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