Sport Mechanics for Coaches - 3rd Edition / Edition 3

Sport Mechanics for Coaches - 3rd Edition / Edition 3

by Brendan Burkett
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Human Kinetics Publishers
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Sport Mechanics for Coaches - 3rd Edition / Edition 3

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736083591
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 01/22/2010
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 223,589
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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