This study aimed to investigate the bio-mechanics of a mysterious and undiagnosed movement disorder appearing in the Netherlands among expert speed skaters known as ‘zwabbervoet’ or, skater’s cramp. An unpublished manuscript looking at 5 affected skaters indicates that the disorder may be a form of task specific dystonia. Using a novel tailor-made program for analyzing speed skating, this study looked at the kinematic features of skater’s cramp. The results showed skater’s cramp was person specific, that it had a clear, consistent asymmetry that was predictable across multiple gait cycles irrespective of speed or intensity of skating. A more in depth analysis combining electromyography and force measurement with the current analysis is in development to further investigate the task specificity of this disorder.
New Investigator Award
Nijenhuis, Beorn Mr.
"UNDIAGNOSED MOVEMENT DISORDER IN SPEED SKATING: A POSSIBLE FORM OF TASK SPECIFIC DYSTONIA,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 37
, Article 28.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol37/iss1/28