Comfortable and convenient turning skill assessment for alpine skiers using imu and plantar pressure distribution sensors

Seiji Matsumura, Ken Ohta, Shin Ichiroh Yamamoto, Yasuharu Koike, Toshitaka Kimura

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Improving ski-turn skills is of interest to both competitive and recreational skiers, but it is not easy to improve on one’s own. Although studies have reported various methods of ski-turn skill evaluation, a simple method that can be used by oneself has not yet been established. In this study, we have proposed a comfortable method to assess ski-turn skills; this method enables skiers to easily understand the relationship between body control and ski motion. One expert skier and four intermediate skiers participated in this study. Small inertial measurement units (IMUs) and mobile plantar pressure distribution sensors were used to capture data while skiing, and three ski-turn features—ski motion, waist rotation, and how load is applied to the skis—as well as their symmetry, were assessed. The results showed that the motions of skiing and the waist in the expert skier were significantly larger than those in intermediate skiers. Additionally, we found that the expert skier only slightly used the heel to apply a load to the skis (heel load ratio: approximately 60%) and made more symmetrical turns than the intermediate skiers did. This study will provide a method for recreational skiers, in particular, to conveniently and quantitatively evaluate their ski-turn skills by themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number834
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 1


  • Actual field evaluation
  • Feature detection
  • Inertial measurement units (IMU)
  • Plantar pressure distribution sensors
  • Ski
  • Skill assessment
  • Sports performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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