Q: What are force plates?
A: Force plates are measurement platforms with a force sensor in each corner. In biomechanics, they are used to characterize the way a person walks, runs or jumps. Force plates are often used for sports performance analysis and also in clinical applications and research.
Q: In sports performance, what can a force plate measure?
A: A force plate measures the human body's ground reaction force (GRF) when a person is in contact with the plate. As the person performs certain tests and movements, the system collects data which the matching software uses to compute and visualize relevant parameters. The result: deep and precise insights about movement patterns, asymmetries or weak spots as the basis for adjusting and optimizing an athlete's training.
Q: How are force plates used to optimize sports performance? What are the benefits?
A: Force plates are used in biomechanics to characterize how a person walks, runs or jumps. When they are used for sports performance analysis, the insights gained from the measurements can drastically improve sports performance, shorten the rehabilitation process and reduce the risk of injuries.
Q: Where and how can I buy force plates from Kistler?
A: If you're interested in using our portable force plates and systems, simply contact us and a local expert will get in touch with you and offer advice. Benefit now from the attractive subscription-based model for Kistler Elevate: a yearly usage package with functional warranty.
Q: How can I read the data from the force plate? And how can I use the data?
A: The system will automatically upload the data into the cloud backend. For processing in our force plate software, it is then converted into parameters that are easy to read and interpret. But you can also choose an option to export raw data.