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?
2. The support leg motion as a great contributor to football kicking
3. The biomechanics of place kicking in Rugby Union
NEIL BEZODIS, ALEXANDRA ATACK AND STACY WINTER
4. Impact in ovoid ball kicking
5. Biomechanical characteristics of the long throw-in
PART II: Direct Free Kicks
6. Aerodynamics of modern footballs
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
12. Influence of traction on running performance and lower extremity loading of soccer players: Interplay of shoes, surfaces and training
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
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
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
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'.