Sports Biomechanics: The Basics: Optimising Human Performance

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A&C Black, Jun 30, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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For coaches, athletes and students of biomechanics, the new edition of Sports Biomechanics: The basics answers real-world questions in sports using easily comprehensible language and clear and concise diagrams. Each chapter is devoted to answering questions in a single area of sports biomechanics with the scientific underpinnings of sports performance clearly explained. Biomechanics is simply the science of 'mechanics', a particular section of physics, as it relates to the human body. In the sport sciences, biomechanists do just about everything, including improving aerodynamics of vehicles, improving swim stroke technique to maximise swimming propulsion, and optimising running technique to increase running speed or efficiency.

Biomechanics is a core subject on all sports science courses, and undergraduates must complete this module in their first (and often second) year. Because of the use of maths and physics to explain biomechanical concepts, students often find it difficult to grasp the basic elements of biomechanics. Anthony Blazevich's book is designed to explain to students the key concepts of biomechanics, using clear examples, tying all theory to practical examples to help students relate the biomechanics principles to improving in their coaching and performing.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Position Velocity and Acceleration
1
Chapter 2 Angular Position Velocity and Acceleration
15
Chapter 3 Projectile Motion
24
Chapter 4 Newtons Laws
43
Chapter 5 The ImpulseMomentum Relationship
51
Chapter 6 Torque and Centre of Mass
62
Blank Page
71
Chapter 7 Angular Kinetics
72
Chapter 15 Hydrodynamics Propulsion
167
Chapter 16 The Magnus Effect
187
Chapter 17 The Kinetic Chain
195
Chapter 18 Application of Biomechanics
206
Quick Quizzes
211
Appendix A Units of Measurement
229
Appendix B Basic Skills and Mathematics
230
Appendix C Basic Trigonometry
233

Chapter 8 Conservation of Angular Momentum
90
Chapter 9 Work Power and Energy
99
Chapter 10 Collisions
111
Chapter 11 The Coefficient of Restitution
116
Chapter 12 Friction
124
Chapter 13 Fluid Dynamics Drag
136
Chapter 14 Hydrodynamics Drag
154
Appendix D Equations
236
Glossary
238
Index
243
Acknowledgements
247
Copyright
248
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Anthony Blazevich is Associate Professor of Biomechanics at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

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