chapter  22
12 Pages

Biomechanics of striking and kicking

ByBruce Elliott, Jacqueline Alderson, Machar Reid

Many sports involve striking and kicking manoeuvres where energy flows from proximal to more distal segments, such that the endpoint segment, for example, the foot in a kick, or the hand, racquet or stick in a hit, impact the ball at the highest possible speed (summation of speed principle). This chapter comprises a discussion of the special problems that researchers face in performing analyses of upper limb striking-based and lower limb kicking-based skills, and concurrently outlines the key mechanical considerations in these movements.