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RESEARCH

In 1980, Mondo's research laboratory began collaborating with the world's top biomechanical research laboratories to develop its next generation track system. Among those laboratories are:

University of Zurich • University of Rome • Harvard University • Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) • Human Performance Laboratory of Calgary (HPL)

 

In 2007, a new research conducted by Mondo's engineer team with researchers from Pavia University led to a completely innovative approach to engineer the latest Track & Field surface with a new texture and a high-performance hexagonal backing layer.

GOALS

Improve Athletic Performance • Comfort & Safety
Goals that traditionally have worked against each other. The higher degree of comfort experienced on a track typically equated to a reduction in athletic performance.

Mondo wanted to achieve improvement in both.

ROLLING OF THE FOOT

Rolling of the foot between the 5th metatarsus (outside portion of the foot) and the 1st metatarsus (inside portion of the foot) takes a nominal but measurable amount of time to perform.

Our research enabled us to develop a track & field system that will reduce this time interval (make it faster) while supporting the foot movement.

We believe that a reduction of the single intervals of the motor execution would result in faster race times.

FORCES AT PLAY

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Observing the athlete from a lateral perspective shows that during running the foot loads itself without the heel touching the ground.

During this biomechanical movement, the track can play an important role, both from a protective standpoint by maintaining the physical integrity of the athlete, and from a performance standpoint by allowing the maximum amount of force to be transformed into energy for running movements.

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Protocol 1 - OptoJump
Optical instruments embedded into two bars at both sides of a running lane measure contact time and flight time providing detailed analysis of an athlete’s performance.

Protocol 2 - Rolling of the foot
Accelerometers at the ankles and in-shoe insoles with sensors under the 1st and 5th metatarsus measure flight time, contact time, frequency of contacts and rolling time between the 5th and the 1st metatarsus.

Protocol 3 - Novell Pedar insoles
In-shoe insoles with sensors spaced across the planar foot monitor pressure distribution, local loads between the foot and the shoe, and, allow the evaluation of the area of contact of the foot.

THE RESULTS - MONDOTRACK

The results of Mondo's research is the innovative Mondotrack surface, combining safety, performance and comfort.

 

The new texture and backing have increased the speed of the rolling movement of the foot between the
5th and 1st metatarsus, athletes’ flight time and length of step leading to increased performance.

These improvements  translate into faster race times.

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