Geometric phase in diving

William Tong, Holger R. Dullin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution


A twelve segment mathematical model consisting of simple geometric solids connected at joints is used to model an athlete as coupled rigid bodies in space. Video footage of an elite male athlete performing a 3.5 forward pike somersault (105B) off a 3m springboard is digitised, and its parameters fed into the model. We use the model to see if it is theoretically possible for that athlete to perform the same 105B dive off a 1m springboard with the same parameters, where only the flight time is reduced. This is done by optimising the athletes’ diving technique.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiving research worldwide
Subtitle of host publication1st Symposium for Researchers in Diving
EditorsThomas Köthe, Oliver Stoll
Place of PublicationHamburg
PublisherFeldhaus, Edition Czwalina
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783880206038
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventSymposium for Researchers in Diving (1st : 2013) - Leipzig, Germany
Duration: 8 May 20139 May 2013

Publication series

NameSportwissenschaft und Sportpraxis
NumberBd. 165
ISSN (Print)0342-457X


ConferenceSymposium for Researchers in Diving (1st : 2013)


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