Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport (2nd Revised edition)

Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics in Sport (2nd Revised edition)

By: John Bloomfield (author), Timothy R. Ackland (author), Bruce Elliott (author)Hardback

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This new second edition concentrates on the various ways in which an athlete, whether the average participant or the elite competitor, can modify technique to achieve optimal performance. Its emphasis on athletic assessment and physical capacity modification provides a unique perspective that will help coaches and other sport professionals appraise the body structure of their athletes so that strengths can be fully utilised and weaknesses improved. The book relies on current research findings and proven methods in developing physical athletic performance and to help readers learn to recognise and use appropriate methods to develop optimal physical qualities for skilled performance. The text categorises 30 international sports into nine distinct groups organised by common features, e.g. racket sports; aquatic sports; gymnastics and power sports. Within each group, techniques that improve performance are analysed with specific examples given from a variety of international coaches. Using this text, readers can integrate and apply the elements of body structure, body composition, assessment, physiology and biomechanics to assess current capabilities and enhance the performance of athletes.

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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. Bruce C. Elliott, is the senior biomechanist and head of the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science at the University of Western 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.


Chapter 1. The Assessment and Modification Model; Chapter 2. Talent Identification and Profiling; Chapter 3. Absolute Body Size; Chapter 4. Somatotype in Sport; Chapter 5. Body Composition in Sport; Chapter 6. Proportionality; Chapter 7. Posture; Chapter 8. Strength; Chapter 9. Power; Chapter 10. Speed; Chapter 11. Flexibility; Chapter 12. Balance and Agility; Chapter 13. Modifying Physical Capacities; Chapter 14. Analysis of Sports Performance; Chapter 15. Image Analysis in Sports Performance; Chapter 16. The Application of Biomechanics in the Improvement of Sport Performance; Chapter 17. Mechanics in Sport: Specific Applications; Chapter 18. A Practical Example: Pole Vault.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/10/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780736063388
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9780736063388
  • weight: 1270
  • ISBN10: 0736063382
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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