Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport explains how "state of the art" advances in sports science can be used in coaching to achieve an optimal skill performance, either for the average performer or the elite athlete. This book focuses on the individual rather than the group coaching approach of the past. It is the first book of its type to systematically apply anatomy and biomechanics to sports coaching. The book is highly applied and concentrates on the ways in which the human body and an individual's technique can be modified to achieve optimal performance.
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About the Author
Timothy R. Ackland, PhD, is a professor of functional anatomy and biomechanics in the School of Exercise, Sport Science, and Health at the University of Western Australia. His research interests include the mechanics of human movement with themes spanning exercise rehabilitation, high-performance sport, and human performance in industry. Dr. Ackland has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers as well as three academic books and 20 book chapters. Currently, Dr. Ackland is a director of Sports Medicine Australia and is on the review boards of four international journals. He recently served as the scientific chair for the fifth IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and as the 2001 conference cochair for Sports Medicine Australia in Perth. Since 1991, he has been the principal of Ackland Marshall and Associates, Ergonomics Consultants.
Bruce C. Elliott, PhD, FACHPER, FASMF, FISBS, FAAKPE, is the senior biomechanist and head of the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science at the University of Western Australia. He has a keen interest in performance optimization and injury reduction in sport and has published more than 170 refereed articles, 50 refereed conference proceedings, and 40 books or book chapters in this general area. He is an editorial board member of Sports Biomechanics, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Journal of Sports Sciences, and the International Journal of Sport and Health Sciences.
Elliott is a sought-after international speaker on the application of biomechanics to sport. He was the keynote speaker at the first World Congress on Racket Sports, the first World Congress of Cricket, and the third WorldCongress of Medicine and Science in Tennis. A fellow of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, Sports Medicine Australia, and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, he was also the inaugural chair of the Western Australian Institute of Sport and inaugural vice-president of the Australian Association of Exercise and Sport Science. In addition, Elliot served as the scientific chair for the fifth IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences and was the organizer of the research projects at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. He was the president-elect of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports and sits on the coaching advisory panel of Tennis Australia and the research board of Cricket Australia.
John Bloomfield, PhD, is an emeritus professor at the University of Western Australia and a former director of the Hollywood Functional Rehabilitation Clinic at Hollywood Private Hospital in Perth. He left Australia in 1960 on a Fulbright scholarship to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Oregon in the United States. After receiving his PhD in 1968, he returned to Australia to take a position at the University of Western Australia.
Throughout his notable career, Bloomfield has served as president of Sports Medicine Australia, chairman of the Australian Sports Science Council, chairman of the Australian Institute of Sport, and cochairman of the Australian Sports Commission. He has authored more than 100 scientific papers and five books in sport and sport science as well as three major government reports on the development of sport in Australia. He was a National Surf Lifesaving champion and elite-level swimming coach in Australia and the United States. Bloomfield's research interests and experiences have led him to be a highly regarded lecturer and consultant in 22 countries.
In 1979, Bloomfield was awarded Citizen of the Year in Western Australia and, in 1982, he received Member of the Order of Australia.
Table of Contents
1. The Role of Science in Sport:.
Understanding Physiological Principles which Relate to Performance;.
Understanding Psychological and Social Factors which Relate to Performance;.
Understanding Biomechanical Principles which Relate to Performance;.
Section One Applied Biomechanics:.
2. The Analysis of Technique in Sport;.
Subjective Analysis Methods;.
Objective Analysis Methods;.
3. The Role of Biomechanics in Improving Sport Performance:.
The Problem of Overuse Injuries;.
Coaching for High Velocity Movements;.
4. The Modification of Physique and Technique to Improve Performance:.
The Body Modification - Technique Modification Concept;.
5. Body Typing in Sport:.
Development of the Somatotype Rating System;.
Body Type and Health;.
Changes in Body Type During Growth;.
Body Type and Sport Performance;.
Desirable Body Types for High Level Performance;.
Sport Selection and Somatotype;.
6. Body Composition in Sport:.
Factors Affecting Body Composition;.
Body Composition Assessment;.
Body Composition and Sports Performance;.
Modifying Body Composition;.
7. Body Proportions and Their Effect on Sport Performance:.
Significance of Proportionality Modificaion in Sport;.
Effect of Growth on Proportionality;.
Individual Comparisions of Athletes;.
Proportionality Applied to Sport Performance;.
Proportionality Characteristics of Athletes;.