Olympic and Paralympic Sports

Research Description

We work alongside Team Canada athletes (both Olympic and Paralympic) to improve their performance and equipment design. Predictive biomechanical models and optimal controllers were recently used to optimize the standing start biomechanics for Team Canada track cyclists. For Canada’s Wheelchair Curling Team, we designed and prototyped a 3D-printed novel curling end-effector that provides better control while delivering the curling stone. Predictive biomechanical models and optimal controllers of Team Canada Wheelchair Basketball players were used to analytically determine optimal seat positions that maximized propulsive forces.

Student Researchers

Brock Laschowski
Colin Brown (Alumnus)
Conor Jansen (Alumnus)
Borna Ghannadi (Alumnus)
Naser Mehrabi (Alumnus)

Keywords and Themes

• Sports Biomechanics
• Sports Engineering
• Wheelchair Propulsion (Basketball) 
• Wheelchair Curling Biomechanics 
• Forward Dynamic Simulations 
• Human Movement Biomechanics