Biomechanics in Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

Biomechanics in Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

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Biomechanics in Sport is a unique reference text prepared by the leading world experts in sport biomechanics. Over thirty chapters cover a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from muscle mechanics to injury prevention, and from aerial movement to wheelchair sport. The biomechanics of sports including running, skating, skiing, swimming, jumping in athletics, figure skating, ski jumping, diving, javelin and hammer throwing, shot putting, and striking movements are all explained.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 680 pages
  • 178 x 263 x 41mm | 1,410g
  • Blackwell Science Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Volume IX ed.
  • 0632053925
  • 9780632053926
  • 1,946,339

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Biomechanics is the science of the forces acting on the athlete during training and competition. It underpins the development of effective techniqe, which ultimately improves performance and reduces the risk of injury.

Edited by a leading world authority, Volume IX in the acclaimed Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine, Biomechanics in Sport is a unique reference containing the contributions of some 37 prominent world experts in their particular research or applied field. Thirty chapters, divided into six parts, cover a broad spectrum of topics:

Part 1: Muscle Action in Sport and Exercise is devoted to general problems of biomechanics of sport athletic movements. Part2: Locomotion describes the following sports: running, cycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and skating. Part 3: Jumping and Aerial Movement highlights the biomechanics of aerial motion and also addresses high jumping, ski jumping, jumping in figure skating and diving. Part 4: Throwing and hitting explains the basic principles of throwing and the aerodynamic aspects of the flight of projectiles and considers individual sports including shot putting, javelin throwing and hammer throwing. Part 5: Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation addresses the problems that are pertinent to many sports; and finally Part 6: Special Olypic Sports discusses the biomechanics of wheelchair sports and sport for amputees. The biomechanics of many sports including, but not limited to, running, skating, skiing, swimming, jumping in athletics, figure skating, ski jumping, diving, javelin and hammer throwing, shot putting, and striking movements are all explained.
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Table of contents

MUSCLE ACTION IN SPORT AND EXERCISE. 1 Muscle action in high force contractions. 2 Functional properties and performance in skeletal muscles. 3 Muscle-tendon architecture and athletic performance. 4 Eccentric muscle action in sport and exercise. 5 Stretch-shortening cycle. 6 Biomechanical foundations of strength and power training. . LOCOMOTION. 7 Factors affecting preferred rates of movement in cyclic activities. . 8 The dynamics of running. . 9 Lower extremity function during cycling. . 10 Competitive skill: technique, equipment and environmental factors affecting performance. 11 Technique and power production in speed skating. 12 Hydrodynamic resistance and propelling forces in swimming. . 13 Mechanical power and propelling efficiency in competitive swimming. . JUMPING AND AERIAL MOVEMENT. . 14 Aerial movement. 15 The high jump. 16 Ski jumping. . 17 Jumping in figure skating. . 18 Springboard and platform diving. . THROWING. 19 Throwing: basic principles. . 20 Flight of projectiles in sport. . 21 Hammer throwing: problems and prospects. . 22 Shot putting. . 23 Javelin throwing: an approach toward performance improvement. . INJURY PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION. . 24 Mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury. 25 Musculoskeletal loading during landing. 26 Impact propagation and its effects on the human body. . 27 Sport related spine injuries and their prevention. 28 Eccentric contraction: applied physiology and mechanics of muscle injury and rehabilitation. SPECIAL OLYMPIC SPORTS. . 29 Manual wheelchair propulsion. . 30 Sport for amputees
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About Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky

Vladimir Zatsiorsky, PhD, is a professor of kinesiology at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. A strength and conditioning consultant for Olympic teams from the former Soviet Union for 26 years, Zatsiorsky has trained hundreds of world-class athletes. He has also authored or coauthored 15 books and more than 350 scientific papers. His books have been published in several languages, including English, Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Czech, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian and Bulgarian. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from universities in Poland and Russia and is an honorary member of the International Association of Sport Kinetics. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, listening to classical music and exercising. William Kraemer, PhD, is a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he works in the Human Performance Laboratory. He is also is a professor in the department of physiology and neurobiology and a professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Centre. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, an associate editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Physiology. A former junior high and college coach, Kraemer has coauthored many books and articles on strength training for athletes.
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