Sport in the focus of biomechanics

With Beat Göpfert, the University of Basel has a sports biomechanist from the very beginning. He has already conducted and accompanied a large number of studies and projects.

Some of these projects were published by Swiss Television published::

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Despite the emerging popularity of powerwalking in the fitness scene, there are no movement-analytical studies on the topic. Power walking is a good and easy option for cardiopulmonary endurance training and strengthening. It is also gentler on the joints than jogging. The arm swing echoes the contralateral leg and pelvic movement during walking and is coordinated exactly diagonally with the leg movement. In public spaces, sloping levels such as pavement edges often have to be dealt with.

Studies of kinematics and kinetics at different walking speeds do not address the specifics of power walking. Aim of the Power Walking project:

  1. New findings on the vertical and horizontal Ground reaction force at the foot touchdown point in power walking compared to walking and jogging, and the distance from the lateral malleolus to the centre of mass in initial contact.
  2. Influence of the Cross Slope on the amplitude of the arm movement and the leg-arm coordination of the cross slope.


  1. The results of the pilot study give first indications that Powerwalking can be a joint-friendly alternative to jogging. The results depend on the individual running style of the test person.
  2. In power walking, Cross Slope leads to the adaptation of the The arm movement in size and temporal coordination. Therapeutic exercises on Cross Slope supports help to prepare for walking in everyday life. The project was realised within the framework of several physiotherapy bachelor theses with the Bern University of Applied Sciences location Münchenstein and presented at the Swiss Physiotherapy Congress 2016.

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