Applied Bionics and Biomechanics

Advantage of Biomechanics in Human Sport Performance

Publishing date
01 Jun 2021
Submission deadline
15 Jan 2021

Lead Editor

1Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

2Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK

3The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

4University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, UK

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Advantage of Biomechanics in Human Sport Performance

This issue is now closed for submissions.


Biomechanics is essentially the study of forces and their effects on the intact organism. When used in the study of sports performance, which is a quantitative-based study and analysis of athletes and different kinds of sports activities, the biomechanics used could be described as the physics of sports. The laws of mechanics can be applied to human biomechanics in order to obtain a greater understanding of athletic performance through mathematical modelling, computational simulation, and experimental measurement. Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems by means of the methods of “mechanics,” which is the branch of physics and mechanics involving analysis of the actions of forces.

The forces of importance can be internal forces produced by muscles, the forces the human imparts to objects, such as balls, bats, or pedals, or the forces the body experiences from the environment, such as those occurring during collisions, jump landings, or from external and environmental sources such as water or wind resistance. These forces, while important to quantify, are also directly responsible for changes in motion. If coaches understand how forces work on muscles and affect motion in sports, they will have a clear advantage. Athletes who know the basic concepts have a rationale for learning the correct way to execute skills. Improvement of technique with the help of biomechanics can be used by teachers and coaches to correct the motions of students or athletes. Moreover, research workers in the field of biomechanics may develop a new and more effective technique for better execution of a sport motion. In essence, understanding biomechanics and applying it is the foundation for good technique in all sports. Therefore, by studying how the human body naturally wants to move, we can remove stress and pressure from the bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments. This results in improved athletic performance, reduced rates of injuries, and heightened general wellbeing. Athletes of all ages and skill levels can benefit from biomechanical analysis whether it is for pain reduction or to increase top level performance.

The aim of this Special Issue is to summarize the most important biomechanical parameters influencing human performance improvement, and to find the most effective instructional cues that help the athletes achieve better sport performance according to their specific biomechanical characteristics and needs. We encourage papers that aim to promote the latest research in the field of biomechanics and to promote the area with further scientific recommendations, and we welcome both original research and review articles.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Movement analysis and sports technique analysis
  • Sports performance analysis
  • Strength and conditioning biomechanics
  • Sensor monitoring and wearable devices
  • Sports equipment biomechanics
  • Muscle and tendon biomechanics
  • Biomechanical modelling and simulation
  • Musculoskeletal and neuromuscular biomechanics
  • Adaptive sports technology and biomechanics
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