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From The CriticsReviewer: Eadric Bressel, EdD (Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description: This is one of the few books devoted to practical applications of mechanics to sports. It is uniquely structured to avoid mathematical formulas and to focus on how mechanical principles can be used to improve sport performances. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: According to the author, the objective of the book is to assist readers in understanding how the laws of human movement apply to techniques used in sport. This is an important objective that many undergraduate students need assistance in applying: taking theory based information and applying it to a sport being coached or movement being taught. The book achieves this objective, and gives coaches and teachers strategies that can be immediately applied to various sports.
Audience: As the title implies, the book is intended for coaches, but any person interested in improving sport performance will find the book beneficial. The audience may also include athletes, physical education teachers, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning professionals. The language and structure of the book may also be helpful to biomechanists who teach undergraduate courses with diverse student interests.
Features: The book includes a qualitative description of mechanical concepts (e.g., force and motion descriptors) with an especially well done chapter on fluid mechanics. The second section of the book explains how mechanical concepts are applied to sport. This latter section includes a mechanical description of select sport skills and information on how to analyze and correct errors in sport skills. While the lack of mathematical formulas is a unique feature of the book that will be welcomed by many practitioners, their absence may prevent a precise level of understanding and application of some mechanical concepts.
Assessment: This book fills an important gap between formal mechanical concepts and techniques used by coaches and teachers to improve sport performances. The second edition is updated and revised based on recent research findings that are relevant to a broad reading audience interested in sport performance.