Classifying performer strategies in drop landing activities. Academic Article uri icon


  • Our purpose was to use group and single-case methods to examine inter-individual variability in the context of factors related to landing injuries. We tested the load accommodation strategies model (An exploration of load accommodation strategies during walking with extremity-carried weights. Human Movement Science, 35, 17-29) using landing impulse, revealing pre-landing strategies following height and external load manipulations. Ten healthy volunteers (8 male, 2 female, 24.01.4years, 1.720.06m, 73.58.7kg) were analysed across 12 trials in each of three load conditions (100% body weight [BW], 110% BW, 120% BW) from two landing heights (30cm, 60cm). Landing impulse (BW s) was computed for each participant-condition-trial, using impulse ratios (unit-less; BW s/BW s) to evaluate load accommodation strategies between adjacent load conditions (110%/100%, 120%/110%) at each landing height. Load accommodation strategy classifications were based on 95% confidence intervals (CIs) containing mechanically predicted impulse ratios (1.10 and 1.09 for 110/100% BW and 120/110% BW, respectively; =0.05). Mean group impulse ratios matched and exceeded predicted impulse ratios. Single-case analyses revealed a range of individual landing strategies that might be overlooked during group analyses, possibly uncovering individuals at greater risk of injury during landing activities.

published proceedings

  • J Sports Sci

altmetric score

  • 2

author list (cited authors)

  • Nordin, A. D., Dufek, J. S., James, C. R., & Bates, B. T.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Nordin, Andrew D||Dufek, Janet S||James, C Roger||Bates, Barry T

publication date

  • January 1, 2017 11:11 AM