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Skin tribology in sport

MacFarlane, Maxwell James and Theobald, Peter ORCID: 2021. Skin tribology in sport. Biosurface and Biotribology 7 (3) , pp. 113-118. 10.1049/bsb2.12015

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This review describes the principles of skin friction and wear for the benefit of sports scientists, engineers and clinicians. Skin exhibits complex behaviour, defying tribological laws for dry contact; hence, its friction and wear characteristics are affected by sliding speed, normal load, and contact area. Some sports seek to increase skin friction to enhance performance; however, this needs to be offset against injury risk given that skin abrades when slid across a rough and hard surface, delaminates when slid across a smooth and hard surface, and chafes or blisters when repeatedly rubbed against some fabrics. Whilst skin interactions can both define and hinder athlete performance, there exists a need to better understand skin biomechanics to optimise the balance of risk versus reward.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Wiley Open Access
ISSN: 2405-4518
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 29 June 2021
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 14:15

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