Biomechanics & Physics of Sport
Biomechanics is the sport science field that applies the laws of mechanics and physics to human performance, in order to gain a greater understanding of performance in athletic events through modeling, simulation and measurement.
It is also necessary to have a good understanding of the application of Physics to Sport, as physical principles such as motion, resistance, momentum and friction play a part in most sporting events.
Biomechanics is a diverse interdisciplinary field, with branches in Zoology, Botany, Physical Anthropology, Orthopedics, Bioengineering and Human Performance. The general role of biomechanics is to understand the mechanical cause-effect relationships that determine the motions of living organisms.
In relation to sport, biomechanics contributes to the description, explanation, and prediction of the mechanical aspects of human exercise, sport and play.
The Physics of Sport
Physics plays a dominant role in the way athletes perform and the way the sport is played. To understand how physics is applied to sporting situations, you need a understanding of the basic laws and terms of physics. Here are discussions and simple explanations of some of the physics terms you will come across.