Biomechanics in Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention: Olympic Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine / Edition 1

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Biomechanics in Sport is a unique reference text prepared by the leadi ng world experts in sport biomechanics. Over thirty chapters cover a b road spectrum of topics, ranging from muscle mechanics to injury preve ntion, and from aerial movement to wheelchair sport. The biomechanics of many sports including running, skating, skiing, swimming, jumping i n athletics, figure skating, ski jumping, diving, javelin and hammer t hrowing, shot putting, and striking movements are all explained.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632053926
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/27/2000
  • Series: Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 3.94 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents


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.



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.




14 Aerial movement.

15 The high jump.

16 Ski jumping.


17 Jumping in figure skating.


18 Springboard and platform diving.



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.




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.



29 Manual wheelchair propulsion.


30 Sport for amputees

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