Sport Mechanics for Coaches - 3rd Edition / Edition 3

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Most coaches are reluctant to study sport mechanics; from experience they equate it with boring texts loaded with formulas, calculations, and scientific terminology. That’s not the case with Sport Mechanics for Coaches. This updated third edition provides an introductory look at the mechanics of sport in a manner that’s understandable and usable for the novices in the field.

Author Brendan Burkett—Paralympic gold medalist and world-record holder—pours his love of sport and his expertise as an award-winning engineer and biomechanics professor into this enhanced, revised, and reformatted text. Divided into three parts covering the fundamentals of sport mechanics, mechanical principles, and application of the knowledge to sport contexts, this text highlights real-life sporting achievements and the mechanics behind them. Various pedagogical aids including review questions and practical activities are featured, allowing students and coaches to gauge their understanding of key concepts chapter by chapter.

Since the previous edition was published, technological advancements have expanded the coach’s and athlete’s toolbox. Sport Mechanics for Coaches includes nearly 150 illustrations and photos and all-new content to help readers understand and incorporate technology and state-of-the-art sport equipment to enhance training, identify errors in technique, and improve performance.

Coaches, students, and athletes with a curiosity about how and why things work in the world of sport and a desire to improve performance will find Sport Mechanics for Coaches refreshingly easy to read, comprehend, and put into practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Tamerah N. Hunt, PhD (The Ohio State University Medical Center)
Description: This is the third edition of a very basic approach to biomechanics and kinesiology that is supported by research, diagrams, and figures to clarify content and enhance reader understanding. While this is not a book geared for advanced knowledge of biomechanics, engineering, and research, it is most appropriate for use as a supplement as it provides excellent basic information for mechanics in sports.
Purpose: This update is intended to enhance the original objective of the book, which was to provide an understanding of how the laws of physics and biomechanics control movement, especially in athletics. This edition has accomplished this goal by adding up-to-date technology that can be used in assessment techniques, clinical and practical application of the information, and sections that address direct application to sports.
Audience: It is written for college undergraduates and coaches with minimal practical application. The author is well published in biomechanics and coaching. As a former athlete he is able to provide a level of experience in sport that those interested in sport mechanics will appreciate.
Features: This book provides good solid information to students and coaches. The author has the ability to break down difficult concepts such as biomechanical theories involving vectors, inertia, coefficient of restitution, and identifying errors in mechanics and make them understandable. Further, the practical applications enable readers to think critically about the topic and apply the knowledge they obtain. However, the book is limited to dated information and a very conservative use of a bibliography.
Assessment: The author provides a simple, solid foundation for understanding biomechanics in sports. It is a good interpretation of difficult material which has been enhanced in the third edition with the addition of new technological advances and practical knowledge assessment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736083591
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/22/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 330,819
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brendan Burkett is an associate professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering and attained his doctorate in biomechanics from the Australian Institute of Sport. Burkett’s specializations are teaching biomechanics, sports coaching, and performance enhancement. His research revolves around technology developments in human health and performance. Burkett has written more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and 180 conference publications for journals in sport science, biomechanics, and coaching.

As an international elite athlete, Burkett represented Australia for 13 years as a swimmer and was the Paralympic champion, world champion, world-record holder, and multiple medalist in the Commonwealth Games and Australian national championships. He served as the Australian team captain for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and as the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Burkett served as the national sport science coordinator for the Australian Paralympic team for the 2002 and 2006 World Championships and the 2004 Paralympic Games. He also worked with the Australian swimming team in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He has received several awards, including the Australia Day Sporting Award, the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) as an ambassador for the Sydney Paralympic Games, and the Australian Sports Medal. Burkett was an invited scholar for the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Adapted Physical Activity in 2007 and was part of the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit in the theme area of developing a long-term health strategy.

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Table of Contents

Part I Sport Mechanics Fundamentals

Chapter 1 Making a Smart Move

Sport Mechanics

How Sport Mechanics for Coaches Can Help You

How Sport Mechanics for Coaches Is Organized

Chapter 2 Starting With Basics

Basic Mechanical Principles

The Gravity of the Situation

May the Force Be With You

Part II Mechanical Principles in Sport

Chapter 3 Getting a Move On

How an Athlete Moves (Forces, Momentum, and Impulse)

What Happens When We Move (Work, Power, Energy, Rebound, and Friction)

How to Measure “Getting a Move On” in a Running Gait

Chapter 4 Rocking and Rolling

How an Athlete Rotates (Angular Motion)

Mechanical Principles for Rotation (Lever Systems)

How an Athlete Initiates Rotation

What Happens When We Rotate (Velocity, Force, Inertia, and Momentum)

How to Measure Angular Velocity During Cycling

Chapter 5 Don’t Be a Pushover

How an Athlete Can Avoid Being a Pushover (Stability)

Mechanical Principles for Stability

Factors That Determine Stability

How to Measure Center of Gravity and Line of Gravity

Chapter 6 Going With the Flow

How an Athlete Goes With the Flow

Mechanical Principles for Moving Through a Fluid

Factors That Influence Moving Through Air and Water

Part III Putting Your Knowledge of Sport Mechanics to Work

Chapter 7 Analyzing Sport Skills

Step 1: Determine the Objectives of the Skill

Step 2: Note Any Special Characteristics of the Skill

Step 3: Study Top-Flight Performances of the Skill

Step 4: Divide the Skill Into Phases

Step 5: Divide Each Phase Into Key Objectives

Step 6: Understand the Mechanical Reasons Each Key Element is Performed as It Is

Chapter 8 Identifying and Correcting Errors in Sport Skills

Step 1: Observe the Complete Skill

Step 2: Analyze Each Phase and Its Key Elements

Step 3: Use Your Knowledge of Sport Mechanics in Your Analysis

Step 4: Select Errors to Be Corrected

Step 5: Decide on Appropriate Methods for the Correction of Errors

Chapter 9 Mechanics of Selected Sport Skills

Getting a Move On

Rocking and Rolling

Don’t Be a Pushover

Going With the Flow

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