Ski boots are designed to transfer forces from skier to ski. This transfer is among others affected by the flexion stiffness (FS) and so effects safety and skiing performance. Previous studies have used devices with prosthetic legs to evaluate FS, however, influencing factors like the foot and lower leg shape or individual buckle closure are not considered. The purpose of the study was to (i) develop a device to measure the individual flexion stiffness (IFS) of ski boots worn by skiers, to (ii) determine the repeatability of the measurement, and to (iii) compare the IFS with the nominal flex index of the manufacturers.
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