Document Type



This work is part of a big project whose goal is to combine mechanical principles with the physical characteristics of athletes to develop a personalized virtual model optimized to help lifters improve their performance while reducing their injury risks. This study concentrates on the qualitative comparison between a virtual skeleton model of a squatting athlete numerically designed on MATLAB and the squatting patterns of elite athletes of the French national team (n=15). Comparing the results of the two approaches revealed differences in the Center Of Pressure (COP) movement during the squat as well as motor behaviour and velocity. After discussion with the athletes and their coaches it seems that the model lacked reality and more studies are needed.