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Outside the Research Lab, Volume 3

Physics in sport
Sharon Ann Holgate


When you hear about the latest physics breakthroughs on the news, or attend university or college physics courses, it can be easy to think of physics as just an academic subject. But physics does much more than describe how matter and energy behave. It reveals how almost everything around us and, even, within us works. In fact, physics-based technologies are integral to many of the work and leisure activities we carry out everyday without giving science a second thought. This book explores the use of physics in various sports, and how professional athletes, coaches and amateurs in different sports use physics, and physics-based technologies, to participate in that sport and raise their performance levels as high as possible.

About Editors

Sharon Ann Holgate has a doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Sussex in the UK, where she was a visiting fellow in physics and astronomy, and is now a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Physicist. She has worked for 21 years as a freelance science writer and broadcaster. She has written two other books for the IOP Concise Physics series: Outside the Research Lab Volume 1: Physics in the arts, architecture and design and Outside the Research Lab Volume 2: Physics in vintage and modern transport.

Table of Contents



About the author 

Chapter 1 Introduction 


Chapter 2 Cut and thrust—the physics of fencing                    

2.1 Introduction                                                                                                                                                 

2.2 Equipment

2.3 Fencing technique

2.4 Wheelchair fencing

Further Reading

Web links


Chapter 3 Foot to the floor—the physics of drag racing   

3.1 Introduction                                                                                                                                                   

3.2 View from a drag racer

3.3 Top Fuel dragsters

Further Reading

Web links


Chapter 4 Supporting role—physics behind the scenes in sport

4.1 Introduction                                                                                                                                                   

4.2 Radiation protection at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics

4.3 Gait analysis for sporting horses

Further Reading

Web links


Paperback ISBN: 9780750329958

Ebook ISBN: 9781643276694

DOI: 10.1088/2053-2571/ab2332

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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