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How can physics be applied to improve performance in ball sports?
- Daish, C B 1972, The Physics of Ball Games, English Universities Press
- Griffing, DF 1987, The Dynamics of Sport, Dalog.
- Hay, JC 1985, The Biomechanics of Sports Techniques, Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
- Schrier, EW & Allman, WF (eds) 1987, Newton at the Bat: The Science in Sports, Macmillan, New York.
Relevant papers from recent Physics Teachers Conferences
The study of martial arts is the study of physics as it relates to the human body. The various types of martial art evolved as different approaches to the same problem - what is the most effective way of using the body to defend and attack? We shouldn't be surprised to find that the most effective methods of blocking and striking, perfected over hundreds of years, use the laws of physics to maximum effect
The Soccer Ballworld website has a webpage on the physics of soccer with an extensive article from Physics World and a FAQ page.
A four page article from Physics Education that is available from the ABC's 'Sleekgeeks' webpage. A Beckham free-kick is used to introduce concepts such as drag, the Bernoulli principle, Reynolds number and the Magnus effect. The article is written by Gren Ireson, Department of Education, Loughborough University in UK.
An eleven page pdf file that takes a fairly basic approach.
This website has webpages on 24 sports from archery to volleyball. The descriptions are not overly long and sufficiently detailed for students.
A set of QuickTime movies oncerned with the physics of bouncing balls, collisions, ball spin, vibrations and other aspects of physics related to sport. The physics is described briefly in the relevant sections of the web site and in more detail in journal publications. Produced by the Prof Rod Cross, University fo Sydney.