1st Edition

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Sport Applications and Future Directions

    Sport is an integral part of society, playing a key role in human health and well-being, and cultural, political and economic development. As sport is becoming more complex, competitive, diverse, and increasingly reliant on technology, HFE theories, methods, and principles are progressively being applied to help understand and optimize sports systems.

    Human Factors and Ergonomics in Sport: Applications and Future Directions showcases the latest in sports HFE research and practice. Including contributions from both HFE and sports science researchers, it provides a collection of state-of-the-art studies, reviews and commentaries covering a diverse set of sports and sporting issues.

    "This book is an excellent resource for all academics and students in general. It provides updated theoretical foundations and applications that conceive a world where everything is connected and embedded in technology that allows us to capture, process and visualise actions and interactions, also at transdisciplinary levels."

    Professor Jaime Sampaio, Head of the Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health and Human Development (CIDESD), University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

    "With the changing nature of work comes an ever-greater focus on leisure. Sport is a major dimension of this crucial form of human activity. Now comes Salmon and his colleagues who have assembled a panoply of world leaders who each provide their own individual perspectives on this intriguing world. Their emphasis on the human factors and ergonomics of these activities brings us new and exciting insights. A great read for the specialist and generalist alike."

    Professor Peter Hancock, Pegasus Professor, Provost Distinguished Research Professor and Trustee Chair, University of Central Florida, USA.

    "Finally, the complexity of sports and health is being considered in full. This book challenges contemporary thinking toward the prevention of injuries in sports, and provides tangible solutions to help our field into a new decade."

    Professor Evert Verhagen, Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports & Department of Public and Occupational Health, VU University Medical Center


    Table of contents


    Chapter 1. An introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics in sport, Paul M. Salmon, Adam Hulme, Scott McLean & Colin Solomon

    Chapter 2. Sport as a complex sociotechnical system, Adam Hulme, Scott McLean, Paul M. Salmon

    Chapter 3. Using the principle of scaling to improve skill acquisition and the overall sporting experience in children’s sport, Adam Gorman, Ian Renshaw, J. Headrick & C. J. McCormack

    Chapter 4. Injury prevention in sport – Design with Implementation in Mind, Erich Petushek & Alex Donaldson

    Chapter 5. Physical ergonomics of distance running footwear, Laurent Malisoux & Daniel Theisen

    Chapter 6. The evolution of steering wheel design in motorsport, James W. H. Brown, Neville A. Stanton, Kirsten M. A. Revell

    Chapter 7. Current methods for optimising sports wheelchairs at an individual level, David S. Haydon, Ross A. Pinder

    Chapter 8. Optimising athlete performance in race vehicle systems exposed to mechanical shock and vibration, Neil J. Mansfield

    Chapter 9. Decision-making in sports: looking at and beyond the recognition-primed decision model, Anne-Claire Macquet

    Chapter 10. Distributed situation awareness in Australian Rules Football officiating, Timothy Neville, Gemma J. M. Read, Paul M. Salmon

    Chapter 11. Cognitive load in sport, Suzanna Russell, Vincent G. Kelly, Shona L. Halson & David G. Jenkins

    Chapter 12. Using constraints in a complex sports system: modern day training for modern day cricket, Will Vickery, Kayla McEwan, Matthew E Clark & Candice J. Christie

    Chapter 13. Performance analysis in sport: a Human Factors and Ergonomics approach, Scott McLean, Paul M. Salmon, Adam D. Gorman & Colin Solomon

    Chapter 14. Environmental factors influencing early participation in para-sport, Bridie Kean & Christina Driver

    Chapter 15. Round and round and up and down we go again: using causal loop diagrams to model football club performance, Paul M. Salmon & Scott McLean

    Chapter 16. Performance pathways in the sport of dressage: a systems ergonomics approach, Elise Berber, Vanessa Beanland, Amanda Clacy, Gemma J. M. Read

    Chapter 17. Network analysis of the goals scored at the 2018 football world cup, Scott McLean, Paul M. Salmon, Orito Forsyth

    Chapter 18. Preventing, identifying, and treating concussion: A systems approach to concussion management in community sport, Amanda Clacy & Glenn Holmes

    Chapter 19. Using computational modelling for sports injury prevention: agent-based modelling and system dynamics modelling, Adam Hulme, Jason Thompson, Rasmus Nielsen, Gemma J. M. Read, Scott McLean, Ben R. Lane, Paul M. Salmon

    Chapter 20. Summary and Future Applications of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Sport, Paul M. Salmon, Scott McLean & Adam Hulme


    Paul M. Salmon, Neil Mansfield, Alan Hulme