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Football Biomechanics

1st Edition

Edited by Hiroyuki Nunome, Ewald Hennig, Neal Smith

Routledge

248 pages | 73 B/W Illus.

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Description

Football Biomechanics explores the latest knowledge of this core discipline in sport science across all codes of the sport. Encompassing a variety of styles, including original scientific studies, syntheses of the latest research, and position statements, the text offers readers the most up-to-date and comprehensive reference of the underlying mechanics of high-level football performance.

The book is divided into five parts, covering fundamental football actions, the biomechanics of direct free kicks, footwear, biomechanical considerations in skill acquisition and training, and artificial turf. It bridges the gap between theory and practice in a variety of key areas such as:

  • ball kicking mechanics (in soccer and other football codes)
  • ball impact dynamics
  • aerodynamics of ball flight
  • special techniques (such as the ‘knuckle ball shot’) by world-famous players
  • the efficacy and development of footwear
  • biomechanical and motor performance differences between female and male soccer players
  • artificial turf from an injury and a performance perspective.

Made up of contributions from leading experts from around the world, Football Biomechanics is a vital resource for researchers and practitioners working in all football codes, and useful applied reading for any sport science student with an interest in football.

Table of Contents

PART I: Football Actions

1. Does biomechanical evidence support coaching cues of kicking?

HIROYUKI NUNOME

2. The support leg motion as a great contributor to football kicking

KOICHIRO INOUE

3. The biomechanics of place kicking in Rugby Union

NEIL BEZODIS, ALEXANDRA ATACK AND STACY WINTER

4. Impact in ovoid ball kicking

KEVIN BALL

5. Biomechanical characteristics of the long throw-in

HIRONARI SHINKAI

PART II: Direct Free Kicks

6. Aerodynamics of modern footballs

TAKESHI ASAI

7. Impact phase of the knuckle shot

HONG SUNGCHAN AND TAKESHI ASAI

8. How to kick the knuckle shot: Ball impact characteristics of top professional players and its application for training

HIRONARI SHINKAI AND NEAL SMITH

Part III: Footwear

9. Kicking accuracy can be influenced by soccer shoe design

EWALD M. HENNIG & KATHARINA ALTHOFF

10. Biomechanical and motor performance differences between female and male soccer players: Influences on the game and recommendations for gender specific footwear

KATHARINA ALTHOFF & EWALD M. HENNIG

11. Plantar pressure distribution patterns during soccer specific movements

ERIC EILS

12. Influence of traction on running performance and lower extremity loading of soccer players: Interplay of shoes, surfaces and training

THORSTEN STERZING

13 Boot-turf interaction during a 180° cutting movement on artificial turf when wet and dry

DIRK DE CLERCQ, GIJS DEBUYCK, ALISON SHEETS, JOERI GERLO, STIJN RAMBOUR, VEERLE SEGERS & INE VAN CAEKENBERGHE

PART IV: Skill Acquisition and Training

14. Technique Modifications to Create More Powerful Kicking Actions in Experienced Players

NEAL SMITH

15. Skill change in elite-level kickers: Interdisciplinary considerations of an applied framework

HOWIE CARSON, PHILIP KEARNEY & DAVE COLLINS

PART V: Artificial Turf

16 Critical issues of shock absorbing property and its detection test of long pile artificial turf in football

HIROYUKI NUNOME

17. Artificial turf in football: An injury perspective

GERDA STRULZENBERGER, LEN NOKES & GARETH IRWIN

18. Artificial turf in football: A performance perspective

GERDA STRULZENBERGER, WOLFGANG POTTHAST & GARETH IRWIN

Epilogue

Index

About the Editors

Hiroyuki Nunome is a Professor of Biomechanics in the Faculty of Sports and Health Science, Fukuoka University, Japan. He is a former President of the Japanese Society of Science and Football and has been a member of the International Steering Group on Science and Football. He is well known for his pioneering works regarding the biomechanics of football actions.

Ewald Hennig is a Professor of Biomechanics at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He is well known as patent holder for pressure distribution devices of the company NOVEL Inc., Munich, and as a world expert for footwear biomechanics relating to football.

Neal Smith is a Field Leader in Biomechanics and Research Methods at Chichester University, UK. He has recently been featured by Sky Sports in 'Ronaldo: Tested to the Limit' and by Disney XD in 'Goalmouth'.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Football

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPO000000
SPORTS & RECREATION / General