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Why Dick Fosbury Flopped : and answers to other big sporting questions - Justin Kemp

Why Dick Fosbury Flopped

and answers to other big sporting questions

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Following up on the success of Run Like You Stole Something, Why Dick Fosbury Flopped looks at sporting technologies and techniques from a popular science perspective, and discusses current-day sports science issues from an historical bent. The many informative, weird and fantastic anecdotes will provide entertaining reading for sports fans of all levels of experience and knowledge...The authors answer some really big sporting questions: * What did Dick do to have a flop named after him? * How did the golf ball get its dimples? * Upon which great and disastrous attempts from past decades are today's records built? * How would the great sporting names and the great events of the past match up on today's stage? * How have athletes' bodies changed over time? * What effects have performance enhancing drugs and drug tests had on world records? ..If you want to win friends and influence people with impressive explanations of amazing human feats and quirky facts about sporting paraphernalia, you need this book.

Chapter One..Innovations in Equipment (Winged Keel, Superbikes for cycling, nasal strips, ice jackets, clap skates, tennis racquets, etc)..Chapter Two..Innovations in Technique (Fosbury Flop, V-Style Ski Jumping, Bending a ball like Beckham, etc)..Chapter Three..Evolution of the Sporting Body (AFL/Rugby, Sumo, Jockeys, Horses, Tour de France v Olympic Track cyclists, etc)..Chapter Four..Beating the Cheats (drugs like EPO, steroids, blood doping, etc, gene doping, chucking in cricket, bat tampering in baseball)..Chapter Five..In the Lab (evolution in measurement techniques + equipment: stop watches to cyclops, film to digital video, etc)..Throughout:..- Breaking the Barriers (eg history of four-minute mile, 10 sec for 100 m sprint, Dawn Fraser beating 60 sec for 100 m, Sergei Bubka beating 20 feet in pole vault, etc)..- Comparing past athlete with today's athlete ..- Tables/Timelines for improvements in record

ISBN: 9781741159172
ISBN-10: 1741159172
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 2006
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1