View Full Version : Dr. Mell Siff passed away

03-25-2003, 02:12 AM
This is to announce a sad news: Sports biomechanist Dr. Mel C. Siff passed away from a heart attack.

Dr. Siff was originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he received his PhD in physiology, specializing in biomechanics and his MSc in Applied Mathematics, specializing in brain research. He lectured in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Witwatersrand for many years before moving to the USA. He has presented numerous papers at many conferences in sports science, sports biomechanics, sports medicine, physiology, physical education, ergonomics, engineering, psychology, chiropractic, communication and linguistics. He has written many papers in these disciplines. In particular, he contributed a chapter on Biomechanical Foundations of Strength and Power Training in the Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine, vol IX, entitled Biomechanics in Sports: Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention (2000). After several working visits to Russia, he and renowned Russian scientist, Dr Yuri Verkhoshansky, wrote the major textbook 'Supertraining - Special Strength Training for Sporting Excellence'. This extensive volume offers one of the few definitive treatises available on integrated Western-Eastern methods of sports training. His other book 'Facts and Fallacies of Fitness' has become very popular among fitness professionals and the general public. A particular interest of his is the design of low-cost biomechanical research, training and rehabilitation devices to enable less affluent countries and institutions to undertake sophisticated work which would normally be beyond their reach.
Dr. Siff competed in Olympic weightlifting, martial arts and trampolining for many years. Was the Head Coach of the South African weightlifting team and has worked with many athletes in a wide variety of sports.

He was a nice person and a good friend. Those who knew Dr. Siff will miss him greatly.

Vladimir Zatsiorsky,

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