The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine:

An IOC Medical Commission Publication: Biomechanics in Sport: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention

Biomechanics in Sport is a unique reference text prepared by the leading world experts in sport biomechanics. Over thirty chapters cover a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from muscle mechanics to injury prevention, and from aerial movement to wheelchair sport.

Biomechanics is the science of the forces acting on the athlete during training and competition. It underpins the development of effective techniqe, which ultimately improves performance and reduces the risk of injury.

Edited by a leading world authority, Volume IX in the acclaimed Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine, Biomechanics in Sport is a unique reference containing the contributions of some 37 prominent world experts in their particular research or applied field.

Thirty chapters, divided into six parts, cover a broad spectrum of topics

  • Part 1
  • Muscle Action in Sport and Exercise is devoted to general problems of biomechanics of sport athletic movements.
  • Part 2
  • Locomotion describes the following sports: running, cycling, swimming, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and skating.
  • Part 3
  • Jumping and Aerial Movement highlights the biomechanics of aerial motion and also addresses high jumping, ski jumping, jumping in figure skating and diving.
  • Part 4
  • Throwing and hitting explains the basic principles of throwing and the aerodynamic aspects of the flight of projectiles and considers individual sports including shot putting, javelin throwing and hammer throwing.
  • Part 5
  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation addresses the problems that are pertinent to many sports; and finally
  • Part 6
  • Special Olypic Sports discusses the biomechanics of wheelchair sports and sport for amputees.

The biomechanics of many sports including, but not limited to, running, skating, skiing, swimming,jumping in athletics, figure skating, ski jumping, diving, javelin and hammer throwing, shot putting, and striking movements are all explained.

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