Applied Sport Mechanics 4th Edition With Web Resource

Applied Sport Mechanics 4th Edition With Web Resource

ISBN 9781492558439

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Applied Sport Mechanics, Fourth Edition With Web Study Guide, helps undergraduate students understand how the fundamental laws of human movement affect athletes’ performances. Foundational principles of kinetics, kinematics, and sports technique are clearly presented and then explored through a variety of applied scenarios.

What’s New

This latest edition builds on the success of the previous editions (formerly titled Sport Mechanics for Coaches), and offers much new material:

• A web study guide with new chapter review questions and practical activities that help students learn and apply complex theories to real-life situations

• An array of updated pedagogical aids, including a glossary and chapter objectives to reinforce learning

• A full-color design for more engaging visual aids

• Reorganized content into two parts and 13 chapters to more readily fit the topics into a typical semester course structure

• Expanded sidebars that apply concepts directly to sport

To make the text applicable for teaching, it also includes a full ancillary package including an instructor guide with a sample syllabus, suggested learning activities, and lecture aids; a test package approximately 20 questions per chapter; and a presentation package plus image bank with ready-made presentations that instructors can use as is or modify to suit their needs.

Content Organization

Part I, which houses the first 10 chapters or 10 weeks, focuses on the fundamentals of sport mechanics. Major topics covered include the anatomy and fundamentals of sport mechanics, linear motion and linear kinetics in sport, angular motion and angular kinetics in sport, stability and instability, sport kinetics, and moving through fluids.

Part II, which contains the final three chapters, helps students apply the information they learned in part I. Chapters 11 and 12 explain how to observe and analyze an athlete’s technique and how to correct errors. Students learn how to break a skill into phases and what to look for in each phase. They also learn the mechanical principles that will help them correct the errors. Chapter 13 explores mechanics in a range of sport skills and techniques, including sprinting, jumping, swimming, lifting, throwing, and kicking. Students learn that technique and mechanics are inseparable.

The chapters also contain two helpful types of sidebars: At a Glance sidebars summarize difficult content with bulleted lists, and Application to Sport sidebars bring concepts to life, showing how they work in sport.

Go-To Resource

This fourth edition of Applied Sport Mechanics is a highly practical text, destined to be the go-to biomechanics and sport mechanics resource for instructors and professionals alike in kinesiology and sport related fields.


An introductory textbook for undergraduate courses in biomechanics and sport mechanics in kinesiology curriculums. Also a reference for coaches and physical educators.

Part I. Foundations of Movement in Sports

Chapter 1. Introduction to Applied Sport Mechanics

How Applied Sport Mechanics Is Organized

What Is Sport Mechanics?

Understanding and Quantifying Technique


Key Terms


Chapter 2. Sport Mechanics Anatomy

Standard Anatomical Reference Terminology

Connection Between Human Anatomy and Sport Mechanics


Key Terms


Chapter 3. Sport Mechanics Fundamentals

How to Describe Human Motion

Applying Sport Mechanics to Resistance Training

Measurement and Evaluation in Sport Mechanics


Key Terms


Chapter 4. Linear Motion in Sport

Linear Motion Measures (Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration)

Linear Motion for Projectiles


Key Terms


Chapter 5. Linear Kinetics in Sport

Fundamental Principles of Linear Kinetics

Momentum and Impulse in Sport

How to Measure Linear Kinetics: Running Gait


Key Terms


Chapter 6. Angular Motion in Sport

Fundamental Principles of Angular Motion

Applied Angular Motion: How an Athlete Initiates Rotation


Key Terms


Chapter 7. Angular Kinetics in Sport

Gravity: Fundamental Principle of Angular Kinetics

Angular Momentum


Key Terms


Chapter 8. Stability and Instability

Fundamental Principles for Stability

Mechanical Principles for Stability

Factors That Increase Stability

How to Measure Center of Gravity and Line of Gravity for an Athlete


Key Terms


Chapter 9. Sport Kinetics







Key Terms


Chapter 10. Moving Through Fluids

Fundamental Principles of Moving Through Fluids

Hydrostatic Pressure and Buoyancy

Drag and Lift

Factors That Influence Moving Through Air and Water


Key Terms


Part II. Putting Your Knowledge of Sport Mechanics to Work

Chapter 11. 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


Key Terms


Chapter 12. 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


Key Terms


Chapter 13. Selected Sport Skills



Wheelchair Sports


Striking and Batting

Swinging and Rotating


Combat Throwing

Tackle in Football


Kicking a Ball

Paddling a Watercraft


Appendix. Units of Measurement and Conversions

Brendan Burkett, PhD, is a professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering and attained his doctorate in biomechanics. Burkett’s teaching specializations are biomechanics, sport coaching, and performance enhancement. His research revolves around technology developments in human health and performance, and he has written more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and 180 conference publications for journals in sport science, biomechanics, and coaching.

As an international elite athlete, Burkett represented Australia for 13 years as a swimmer and was the Paralympic champion, world champion, world-record holder, and multiple medalist in the Commonwealth Games and Australian national championships. He served as the Australian team captain for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and as the flag bearer for the opening ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Following his sporting career Burkett has been the sport scientist for the Australian Paralympic team for the 2002, 2006, 2010, 2010, and 2014 World Championships and the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Paralympic Games. He has attended the past eight consecutive Paralympic Games, from 1988 to 2016.

Burkett has received several awards, including the Australia Day Sporting Award and the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), as well as induction into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame, Swimming Queensland Hall of Fame, and the Queensland Sports Hall of Fame.