Ergonomics in Sport and Physical Activity: Enhancing Performance and Improving Safety, recently published by Human Kinetics, Champaign, Ill, proposes methods for reducing injury and improving sports performance. Author Thomas Reilly provides an in-depth discussion of how the principles of ergonomics can be applied in the context of sport by blending concepts from biomechanics, physiology, and psychology as it shows how ergonomics is applied to physical activity.
The publisher said in a statement that the book demonstrates how to improve performance, achieve optimal efficiency, enhance comfort, and reduce injuries by exploring the following topics:
- Physical properties of the body and the factors limiting performance
- Interactions between the individual, the task, and the environment
- Injury risk factors in relation to body mechanics in various physical activities
- Injury prevention and individual protection in the review of sports equipment and sports environments
- Comfort, efficiency, safety, and details of systems criteria in equipment design
The research-based text uses numerous practical examples, figures, charts, and graphs to bring the material to life. Through the book’s discussion of the various stressors and adaptive mechanisms, readers will learn how to cope with various environmental conditions, and they will also learn how various training modes can be used to alter sport-specific capabilities and enhance performance, says the publisher.
The book aims to bridge the gap between ergonomics and exercise science, assisting health care and exercise professionals in developing awareness of how human capabilities are best matched to physical activities.