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Force Plates in Sport Explained

Updated: Feb 2

Force plate technology is widely used across sports and biomechanics laboratories to test athletic capacities, such as force production, power, rate of force development, and strength asymmetries. In this video, we jump inside force platforms to explain how they work, using Newton's Laws of Motion. Watch the video below to learn more:

For more on the inner workings of force plates, read this article on the VALD Health website.

This video is part of our sports science athlete testing series in collaboration with VALD Performance, in which I discuss common strength tests, best practice protocols, metrics and analysis, key research, and test strengths and limitations.

For more information on VALD's ForceDecks, visit their website here.


00:00 Introduction to Force Plates

01:05 Understanding the Physics Behind Force Plates

02:09 Analysing Force Time Curve from Force Plates

05:55 Practical Tips for Using Force Plate Technology

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