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Modelling the Aussie Rules Football Kick

Simple physical systems such as spring-mass systems can be used to model muscle function, with the advantage of the governing laws of motion being well known.

These simple models can then be used to examine how various muscles behave in different sporting settings, and under various regimes known to cause injury such as fatigue.

This project will look at the function of a human leg when kicking an Australian Rules Football. Motion capture data is available, and will be used in conjunction with OpenSim, an open source musculoskeletal model and dynamical simulator.

Following the lessons learned from the simulator, a simple model with well defined laws of motion will be designed to examine the function of kicking in Australian Rules Football.

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