This is a research-based text that provides readers with established principles and concepts in ergonomics and shows how these can be applied to contemporary problems in sport and other physical activities. It is unique in that this text is the only one in this area of ergonomic application. The reader is provided with information on how ergonomics can be used to improve physical performance and enhance safety. The physical properties of the body and the factors limiting performance are considered. Injury risk factors are identified in relation to body mechanics within different physical activities and the interactions between the individual, the task and the environment are analysed. There is emphasis on injury prevention with particular reference to sports equipment and sports environmental concerns and so this is a must read for those interested in improved performance, greater efficiency and fewer injuries in sport and exercise.
Thomas Reilly was Professor of Sports Science and Director of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. Reilly held a B.A. degree from University College, Dublin, a postgraduate Diploma from St Mary's College (Strawberry Hill), an MSc. from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, (London), (1971), PhD. from the Council for National Academic Awards, (1975) and DSc. from Liverpool John Moores University, (1998). His professional awards included Fellowship of the Institute of Biology; fellow of the Ergonomics Society and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He authored or edited 36 books and over 600 research publications, including a number of reviews.
Chapter 1. Nature and Scope of Ergonomics; Chapter 2. Physical Properties and Limits to Human Structure; Chapter 3. Health and Safety; Chapter 4. Environmental Stress; Chapter 5. Lifestyle Disturbances; Chapter 6. Ergonomics Models in Sport and Leisure; Chapter 7. Analysis of Competitive Stress in Sport; Chapter 8. Sports Equipment and Playing Surfaces; Chapter 9. Fitness for Work; Chapter 10. Special Populations; Chapter 11. Clinical Aspects of Ergonomics; Chapter 12. A Holistic Ergonomics Perspective.