M. Buckingham, B. Marmo, and J. Blackford. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers -- Part L -- Journal of Materials: Design & Applications220 (4):
199-205(October 2006)M3: Article.
The design and manufacture of an instrumented curling brush, sweep ergometer, has provided the first quantitative analysis of sweeping in the Olympic sport of curling. Sweeping is a method by which curlers alter the trajectory of curling stones and can provide the difference between winning and losing in a target-based sport where centimetre scale variations are vitally important. Two design phases led to the development of the wireless sweep ergometer that is able to measure an athlete's performance unencumbered. The ergometer measures the vertical and horizontal forces, and acceleration of the brush head in two axes. Graphical output can be used to analyse player technique, strength, and rate of fatigue. The ergometer provides an outstanding tool for both skill and consistency coaching and will help in team selection and match tactics. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR; Copyright of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers -- Part L -- Journal of Materials: Design & Applications is the property of Professional Engineering Publishing and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)