Presentation Type

Poster

Presenter Information

Joseph PalmowskiFollow

Title of Abstract

Golf Swing Performance using Specific Prosthetic Terminal Device

Abstract

Studying the biomechanics of a golf swing is a good way to examine and improve motion and technique. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the swing of an amateur golfer and two transradial prosthesis users, one with a right arm amputation, and one with a left arm amputation. Data were collected using Vicon motion analysis system. Subjects using a prosthesis wore 24 infrared reflecting markers, while the control subject wore 26 (no prosthesis). Data of each subject performing 10 golf swings in 4 positions (left and right handed with standard and cross grip) were collected after a one-time training session with a professional golf coach. After collection, data shows that the control subject was able to achieve a maximum club head speed of 37.2 m/s while the prosthesis users achieved club head speeds of 22.2 and 29.2 m/s each (using preferred golf stances). Also, during the preferred stance, the control subject had a torso rotation of 98.3˚, while the prosthesis users exhibited torso rotations of 68.3˚ and 82.7˚ at their preferred stances. Although the prosthesis users performed at a slightly lower ability then an amateur golfer, they were still able to perform a safe and successful swing.

Categories

Engineering/Physical Science

Research Type

Research Assistant

Mentor Information

Dr. Stephanie Carey

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Golf Swing Performance using Specific Prosthetic Terminal Device

Studying the biomechanics of a golf swing is a good way to examine and improve motion and technique. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the swing of an amateur golfer and two transradial prosthesis users, one with a right arm amputation, and one with a left arm amputation. Data were collected using Vicon motion analysis system. Subjects using a prosthesis wore 24 infrared reflecting markers, while the control subject wore 26 (no prosthesis). Data of each subject performing 10 golf swings in 4 positions (left and right handed with standard and cross grip) were collected after a one-time training session with a professional golf coach. After collection, data shows that the control subject was able to achieve a maximum club head speed of 37.2 m/s while the prosthesis users achieved club head speeds of 22.2 and 29.2 m/s each (using preferred golf stances). Also, during the preferred stance, the control subject had a torso rotation of 98.3˚, while the prosthesis users exhibited torso rotations of 68.3˚ and 82.7˚ at their preferred stances. Although the prosthesis users performed at a slightly lower ability then an amateur golfer, they were still able to perform a safe and successful swing.