Department of Exercise Sciences


Paul McAlpine

Paul completed his PhD in 2011.  His research focused on snowboarding biomechanics. In particular, the loads applied to the lower body during jump landings. To do this I use specialised equipment to measure the impact forces and 3D body motion during real life on snow jumping situations. I am hoping to use the data collected to estimate the forces applied to the lower body joints and soft tissues. This work will increase our understanding of snowboarding specific injury mechanisms and aid in the development of prevention strategies and high performance snowboarding equipment.

My other interests include performance analysis of high level athletes and inclusion of biomechanical analysis in strength and conditioning programmes. I am a Biomechanics Intern in the Sports and Exercise Science New Zealand internship programme working towards becoming a registered biomechanics service provider so that I can work with the NZ Academy of Sport. I have also been involved teaching and lab demonstration for the undergraduate students.

Publications and Conference Proceedings

  • McAlpine, P.R., Kurpiers, N., Kersting, U., (2009). Jump Landings in Snowboarding: An Observational Study . In E. Muller, S. Lindinger & T. Stoggl (Eds.), Science and Skiing IV. Meyer and Meyer Sport. UK.
  • Kurpiers, N., McAlpine, P.R., Kersting, U., (2009). Effects of a Mock-Up Force Plate on Riding Technique and Perception . In E. Muller, S. Lindinger & T. Stoggl (Eds.), Science and Skiing IV. Meyer and Meyer Sport. UK.
  • McAlpine, P.R. (2006). Development of a Field Testing Protocol for the Biomechanical Analysis of Snowboard Jump Landings (Masters Thesis). Department of Sports and Exercise Science. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • McAlpine, P., Determan, D., Kurpiers, N., & Walt, S. (2009). Kinetic analysis of snowboard jump landings. In Proc. of International Society for Skiing Safety Congress 2009, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 2009.
  • McAlpine, P.R., Kersting, U.G. (2007). Jump Landings in Snowboarding: An Observational Study. In Proc. of 4th International Congress on Science and Skiing, St Christoph, Austria, 2007.
  • Kersting, U.G., McAlpine, P.R., Gurney, J. (2007). The Effect of Midsole Hardness Variation on Athlete Perception and Biomechanical Factors. In Proc. of Nike’ Global Research Symposium, Portland, Oregon, 2007.
  • Kersting, U.G., McAlpine, P.R., Gurney, J. (2006). Performance of New Cricket Boots: Wear Test and Biomechanical Evaluation in Various Game Specific Movements. In Proc. of Nike’ Global Research Symposium, Portland, Oregon, 2006.
  • Kersting, U.G., McAlpine, P.R., Rosenbahn, B., Seidel, H., Klette, R. (2006). Marker-less human motion tracking - opportunities for field testing in sports. In Proc. of World Congress of Biomechanics, Munich, Germany.

The physical space of the lab measures almost 100 m2 with a 10 m walkway which runs through the lab to the outside running track. At present, we have three different 3-dimensional motion capture systems: The newest is our VICON 8-camera MX system. We also have a SimiMotion 4 Basler camera system. Three Bertec forceplates are imbedded in the walkway - the positions of two can be adjusted to accommodate various movements of interest.

There are two EMG systems - a 10 channel MotionLab system and a telemetered Biovision system. Other equipment includes a Biodex machine, treadmill, and Novel pressure measurement systems (in-shoe and platform).