Sport Mechanics for Coaches 3rd Edition PDF
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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.
Part I Sport Mechanics Fundamentals
Chapter 1 Making a Smart Move
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