Olympic and Paralympic Sports Engineering

Research Description

We work alongside Team Canada Olympic and Paralympic athletes to enhance their sport 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 have designed and prototyped a 3D-printed novel curling end-effector that provides better movement 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 forward propulsion.

Student Researchers

Brock Laschowski
Keaton Inkol
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    

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Related Publications 

• Laschowski B, Mehrabi N, and McPhee J. (2018). Optimization-Based Motor Control of a Paralympic Wheelchair Athlete. Sports Engineering. 21(3), pp. 207-215. DOI. 10.1007/s12283-018-0265-2.
• Laschowski B, Mehrabi N, and McPhee J. (2017). Inverse Dynamics Modelling of Paralympic Wheelchair Curling. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 33(4), pp. 294-299. DOI. 10.1123/jab.2016-0143.
• Laschowski B and McPhee J. (2016). Quantifying Body Segment Parameters Using Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry: A Paralympic Wheelchair Curler Case Report. Procedia Engineering. 147, pp. 163-167. DOI. 10.1016/j.proeng.2016.06.207. 
• Laschowski B and McPhee J. (2016). Body Segment Parameters of Paralympic Athletes from Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry. Sports Engineering. 19(3), pp. 155-162. DOI. 10.1007/s12283-016-0200-3.