Track and Field

Overview

Lucent Books' "Science Behind Sports" series explores the scientific principles behind some of the most popular team and individual sports, such as baseball, hockey, gymnastics, wrestling swimming, and skiing. Each volume in the series focuses on one sport and opens with a brief look at the featured sport's origins, history and changes to rules, equipment, or techniques. Subsequent chapters cover the biomechanics and physiology of playing, related health and medical concerns, ...

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Overview

Lucent Books' "Science Behind Sports" series explores the scientific principles behind some of the most popular team and individual sports, such as baseball, hockey, gymnastics, wrestling swimming, and skiing. Each volume in the series focuses on one sport and opens with a brief look at the featured sport's origins, history and changes to rules, equipment, or techniques. Subsequent chapters cover the biomechanics and physiology of playing, related health and medical concerns, and the causes and treatment of sports-related injures.

Basic physical science concepts, such as acceleration, kinetics, torque, and velocity are explained in an engaging and accessible manner. The full-color text is augmented by fact boxes, sidebars, photos, and detailed diagrams, charts and graphs. In addition, a subject-specific glossary, bibliography and index provide further tools for researching the sports and concepts discussed throughout "Science Behind Sports."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420507072
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Series: Science Behind Sports Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 13 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Chapter 1 A Run Through Track-and-Field History 8

Chapter 2 The Race Is On: Sprints, Distance Races, and Hurdles 20

Chapter 3 Up, Up, and Away: Jumping Events and the Pole Vault 35

Chapter 4 A Toss-Up: Shot Put, Hammer Throw, Discus, and Javelin 48

Chapter 5 Staying on Track: Fitness and Injury Prevention 63

Chapter 6 Ninety Percent Mental: The Psychology of Track and Field 79

Notes 92

Glossary 95

For More Information 96

Index 99

Picture Credits 103

About the Author 104

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