Part I. Foundations of Movement in Sports
Chapter 1. Introduction to Applied Sport Mechanics
How Applied Sport Mechanics Is Organized
What Is Sport Mechanics?
Understanding and Quantifying Technique
Chapter 2.Sport Mechanics Anatomy
Standard Anatomical Reference Terminology
Connection Between Human Anatomy and Sport Mechanics
Chapter 3. Sport Mechanics Fundamentals
How to Describe Human Motion
Applying Sport Mechanics to Resistance Training
Measurement and Evaluation in Sport Mechanics
Chapter 4. Linear Motion in Sport
Linear Motion Measures (Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration)
Linear Motion for Projectiles
Chapter 5. Linear Kinetics in Sport
Fundamental Principles of Linear Kinetics
Momentum and Impulse in Sport
How to Measure Linear Kinetics: Running Gait
Chapter 6. Angular Motion in Sport
Fundamental Principles of Angular Motion
Applied Angular Motion: How an Athlete Initiates Rotation
Chapter 7. Angular Kinetics in Sport
Gravity: Fundamental Principle of Angular Kinetics
Chapter 8. Stability and Instability
Fundamental Principles for Stability
Mechanical Principles for Stability
Factors That Increase Stability
How to Measure Center of Gravity and Line of Gravity for an Athlete
Chapter 9. Sport Kinetics
Chapter 10. Moving Through Fluids
Fundamental Principles of Moving Through Fluids
Hydrostatic Pressure and Buoyancy
Drag and Lift
Factors That Influence Moving Through Air and Water
Part II. Putting Your Knowledge of Sport Mechanics to Work
Chapter 11. 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 12. 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 13. Selected Sport Skills
Striking and Batting
Swinging and Rotating
Tackle in Football
Kicking a Ball
Paddling a Watercraft
Appendix. Units of Measurement and Conversions
About the Author
Applied Sport Mechanics, Fourth Edition With Web Resource, helps undergraduate students understand how the fundamental laws of human movement affect athletes’ performances. Foundational principles of kinetics, kinematics, and sports technique are clearly presented and then explored through a variety of applied scenarios.
This latest edition builds on the success of the previous editions (formerly titled Sport Mechanics for Coaches), and offers much new material:
- A web resource with new chapter review questions and practical activities that help students learn and apply complex theories to real-life situations
- An array of updated pedagogical aids, including a glossary and chapter objectives to reinforce learning
- A full-color design for more engaging visual aids
- Reorganized content into two parts and 13 chapters to more readily fit the topics into a typical semester course structure
- Expanded sidebars that apply concepts directly to sport
To make the text applicable for teaching, it also includes a full ancillary package including an instructor guide with a sample syllabus, suggested learning activities, and lecture aids; a test package approximately 20 questions per chapter; and a presentation package plus image bank with ready-made presentations that instructors can use as is or modify to suit their needs.
Part I, which houses the first 10 chapters or 10 weeks, focuses on the fundamentals of sport mechanics. Major topics covered include the anatomy and fundamentals of sport mechanics, linear motion and linear kinetics in sport, angular motion and angular kinetics in sport, stability and instability, sport kinetics, and moving through fluids.
Part II, which contains the final three chapters, helps students apply the information they learned in part I. Chapters 11 and 12 explain how to observe and analyze an athlete’s technique and how to correct errors. Students learn how to break a skill into phases and what to look for in each phase. They also learn the mechanical principles that will help them correct the errors. Chapter 13 explores mechanics in a range of sport skills and techniques, including sprinting, jumping, swimming, lifting, throwing, and kicking. Students learn that technique and mechanics are inseparable.
The chapters also contain two helpful types of sidebars: At a Glance sidebars summarize difficult content with bulleted lists, and Application to Sport sidebars bring concepts to life, showing how they work in sport.
This fourth edition of Applied Sport Mechanics is a highly practical text, destined to be the go-to biomechanics and sport mechanics resource for instructors and professionals alike in kinesiology and sport related fields.
Brendan Burkett, PhD, is a 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. Burkett’s teaching specializations are biomechanics, sport coaching, and performance enhancement. His research revolves around technology developments in human health and performance, and he has written more than 150 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 Olympic Games. Following his sporting career Burkett has been the sport scientist for the Australian Paralympic team for the 2002, 2006, 2010, 2010, and 2014 World Championships and the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympic Games. He has attended the past eight consecutive Paralympic Games, from 1988 to 2016.
Burkett has received several awards, including the Australia Day Sporting Award and the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), as well as induction into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame, Swimming Queensland Hall of Fame, and the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame.