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Secrets to Success in Sport & Play-2nd Edition

Secrets to Success in Sport & Play-2nd Edition

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    In Secrets to Success in Sport & Play: A Practical Guide to Skill Development, author Marianne Torbert provides insights into biomechanical principles that will help parents, players, teachers, and coaches understand how to creatively and scientifically improve players’ skills.

    This revised text presents

    • instruction on improving balance—which in turn affects agility, power, and accuracy of movement;

    • guidance in improving the understanding of spins—which can enhance performance in sports such as basketball, tennis, bowling, soccer, and golf;

    • insight into the basic mechanics of movement that can be applied to many sports and play;

    • experiments and activities to hone and develop players’ biomechanical abilities and form problem-solving intuitions and habits that can be used in many sports; and

    • true-or-false questions at the end of each chapter (correct answers are detailed in an appendix) to test readers’ knowledge of the material.

    The engaging text is presented in an easy-to-understand format with more than 100 illustrations that drive home the principles. The secrets to success unfold page by page as you learn about the biomechanical principles involved in acquiring and refining sport skills. Players are excited to learn these skills because they can see improvement as they learn and practice.

    Play can greatly contribute to personal growth and quality of life. It can open doors to social interaction and to enhanced self-confidence. Everyone can learn and improve skills and increase their joy of participating in games and sports. With Secrets to Success in Sport & Play, players will do just that.


    Reference for K-12 physical educators and for youth sport coaches. Supplemental text for college biomechanics courses or PE methods courses.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Approaching Movement Analysis

    Chapter 1. Teaching and Learning

    Specific Objective Method

    Correcting Errors Method

    Encouraging the Learner

    True or False Review Questions


    Part II: Moving Yourself

    Chapter 2. Balance

    Principles of Balance

    How to Improve Your Balance



    True or False Review Questions

    Chapter 3. Initiating Movement

    Getting Ready to Move


    True or False Review Questions

    Chapter 4. Force

    Force Development

    Force Application

    Absorbing Force


    Lever Length



    True or False Review Questions

    Chapter 5. Preparing Your Body

    Improving Posture

    Strengthening and Toning Muscles

    Correcting Muscle Tightness


    True or False Review Questions

    Part III: Moving Objects

    Chapter 6. Rebound, Deflection, Spins, and Roll Patterns



    Spins, Rebounds, and Roll Patterns


    True or False Review Questions

    Chapter 7. Projectiles

    Principles of Projectiles

    How to Apply Spin to an Object

    The Human Body as a Projectile



    True or False Review Questions

    Chapter 8. Direction and Accuracy

    Factors That Affect Direction and Accuracy



    True or False Review Questions

    Part IV: Improving Analytical Skills

    Chapter 9. Visual Evaluation

    Evaluation Skills and How to Improve Them


    True or False Review Questions

    Chapter 10. Activities to Habituate the Mechanical Principles of Movement

    Game Matrix

    Batting Tee Challenge


    Chaotic Team Juggle

    Frantic Ball


    Golf Tee Challenge

    Living Basketball

    Partner Scoop Play


    Racket and Balloon

    Rag or Rug Hockey

    Rebound Board


    Super Sox

    True or False Review Questions

    About the Author

    Marianne Torbert, PhD, is director of the Leonard Gordon Institute for Human Development Through Play at Temple University in Philadelphia.

    A street athlete at age 6 and a national participant at 16, Torbert has played, studied play, and taught kinesiology for several years. She holds a PhD from the University of Southern California and is a professor emeritus at Temple University. She is also the author of Follow Me: A Handbook of Movement Activities for Children.

    Sample Content

       E5062Torbert Author Index.pdfE5062Torbert Author Index.pdf