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Sports Biomechanics: The Basics: Optimising Human Performance [Kindle Edition]

Anthony J. Blazevich
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For coaches, athletes and students of biomechanics, the new edition of Sports Biomechanics: The basics answers real-world questions in sports using easily comprehensible language and clear and concise diagrams. Each chapter is devoted to answering questions in a single area of sports biomechanics with the scientific underpinnings of sports performance clearly explained. Biomechanics is simply the science of 'mechanics', a particular section of physics, as it relates to the human body. In the sport sciences, biomechanists do just about everything, including improving aerodynamics of vehicles, improving swim stroke technique to maximise swimming propulsion, and optimising running technique to increase running speed or efficiency.

Biomechanics is a core subject on all sports science courses, and undergraduates must complete this module in their first (and often second) year. Because of the use of maths and physics to explain biomechanical concepts, students often find it difficult to grasp the basic elements of biomechanics. Anthony Blazevich's book is designed to explain to students the key concepts of biomechanics, using clear examples, tying all theory to practical examples to help students relate the biomechanics principles to improving in their coaching and performing.

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'This book is nothing short of a ditches the unnecessary scientific jargon used by many of its rival and instead adopts a simple yet comprehensive tone to answer all the sporting questions that you've always wanted to know.'
--Women's Fitness, 1st December 2010

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Anthony Blazevich is Associate Professor of Biomechanics at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 19 May 2009
I was lucky enough to have been Lectured by Anthony Blazevich at Brunel before he returned to Australia. A great man with a great mind. This book is clear in its definitions, quirky with its analygies, and a very easy read for someone at any level studying biomechanics. If you need a good book to see you through a degree or just for interest this is the one, buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
'Sports Biomechanics' is an essential read and reference book for any coach or athlete serious about maximising performance potential.

Regardless of the sport you play it is certain you will find useful explanation of practical ways you can apply biomechanics to improve your personal performances.

Understanding the principles of Sports Biomechanics has assisted me to focus my workout programs and training activities by scientifically understanding 'how' my actions on field can be improved for beneficial outcome.

As a seasoned 2nd-Row rugby player I specifically found the topics relating to sprint speed (how to run properly), Newton's Law (lineout jumping and player characteristics), collisions (attack and defence) and agility (ball-running, how to maneuver) useful and wish I had read this book years ago. Personally and at club level we have implemented a number of the principles from the book with great success. (Many of these same principles used for rugby would also work for football or other ball game sports).

Sports Biomechanics is an excellent book well worth the investment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth it 6 Aug. 2007
Loved each chapter. It got better with each chapter. By about chapter 6 I couldn't put it down...even though I hated biomechanics at Uni. Wish I had this book, because now it all makes sense. Definately recommend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Wow. I've never enjoyed biomechanics. But as a coach I always knew it was important. I love that this book answers very interesting questions (one per chapter) while teaching me the biomechanics. At the end of each chapter I take a sneaky look at the next chapter and have to read on. That's never happened with biomechanics. An enjoyable read for, athlete, student. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book - reasonably easy read for biomechanics 10 Dec. 2010
This is a manageable book - not too weighty with concise chapters dealing with practical biomechanics concepts - eg how to get the swimmer faster, how to jump higher etc. Would recommend (I am doing a Sports Med Diploma and it is a useful adjunct to the biomechanics module). SD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful 27 July 2013
By Bryan C
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This is a good basic book about bio mechanics which sets out the fundamentals and builds understanding through introducing ideas and concepts in a well structured way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book. 17 Oct. 2013
By Amy
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I completed a sports science degree at university and found this very useful for physiology topics. Good for references also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on sports biomechanics. 4 Mar. 2014
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I was very fortunate to attend prof Blazevich Lecture on Sports Biomechanics. the Book is a great text for all Sports professionals , coaches and athletes. Having read the book , I now have a deeper insight and discussion on sports Biomechanics.
Definitley a book that must be read by all in sports .Good reference material and citations of online resources and academic publications. Decent price, prompt delivery . Thank you.
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