School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Roberto Pavoni swimming

Sports Biomechanics and Motor Control Research Group

Sports biomechanics seeks to gain an understanding of the mechanics of sports movements.

Such questions as how the approach speed, leg plant angle and knee angle affect high jumping performance may be addressed experimentally. Questions such as why high jumpers use a curved approach may be answered using computer simulation modelling. Both approaches are evident in the research articles written by group staff.

Motor control goes beyond the mechanics of movement and seeks to gain an understanding of sports technique from a perspective of coordination and neuro-muscular control. Thus while sports biomechanics may explain why a double straight somersault is mechanically unstable, motor control aims to answer how the instability may be controlled using in-flight corrections based upon proprioceptive feedback. Again computer simulation is a powerful tool for such investigations.

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