Biomechanical study and design of a new brake for in-line skates

Margaret A Hartfel, Andrzej Malewicz, John Swigart, Arthur G. Erdman

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Braking on in-line skates can be very difficult. Current brake designs are non-actuated plastic supports with rubber pads that provide sufficient friction to decelerate a skater. The brake is activated by lifting up the toe of the skate until the rubber pad touches the ground. A preliminary biomechanical analysis was performed to evaluate the act of braking on in-line skates. Novice and expert skaters were studied. Expert skaters were found to assume slightly different body positions than novice skaters. A new, actuated brake design is presented. Part of this brake is mounted to the cuff of the skate. The new brake design enforces proper leg positioning and does not require the skater to lift the toe of the skate off the ground. This brake has the benefits of being easy to use, effective and inexpensive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Bioengineering
EditorsJohn M. Tarbell
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)0791810313
StatePublished - 1993
EventProceedings of the 1993 ASME Winter Annual Meeting - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: Nov 28 1993Dec 3 1993

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED


OtherProceedings of the 1993 ASME Winter Annual Meeting
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA


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