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Joe Wright
08-26-2003, 10:15 AM
Hello, I'm a new member to the list and new to Biomechanics. In fact I know
hardly any biomechanics but I'm competent scientifically and am looking to
learn something about the subject. Sorry for the long e-mail by the way.

I am involved in researching and writing a large publication on the science
of Badminton which will be made available for free on the web. This covers
psychological, tactical, technical and physical aspects of the sport. I
want to introduce some biomechanical concepts into the technical sections to
provide a theoretical foundation. I have made a start on this but as my
experience is pretty much zero I hope you could critique my work so I'm not
heading off in the wrong direction. Ultimately I would like to do some
controlled research to provide data where necessary.

The document portion is at: www.martinwells.com/Badmintology/Technique.htm
(sorry no diagrams yet, I want to know I'm on the right track before jumping
into Poser and CorelDraw)

I doubt I'm 100 percent correct anatomically. For instance is limb right?
Is a hand a limb, forearm, upper arm, etc...? I will correct these mistakes
once I have learnt more. Also, I doubt my loose description of muscles
occuring in pairs is right all of the time so that as well needs to be
sorted but I think you can get an idea of what I'm trying to say in the
document.

The three main biomechanics type assertions I make are:

1) decelerating movements are less controllable than accelerating or static
velocity movements. This is something I feel intuitively so I would
appreciate any pointers to research in this area. I did not find anything
on Google.

2) I did some thinking and came up with the solution of modeling movement
around joints as a damped linear oscillator. Looking on google this appears
to be a sound approximation but I didn't come across anything difinitive. I
notice on Amazon that 'Fundamentals of Biomechanics' includes damped
oscillators in its index so I presume I'm along the right lines.

3) The lack of 'rebounds' (forced dampening) is detremental to the control
and maximum speed of the shuttle impact. I have done some 'experiments' and
this appears very much to be the case. However, I suppose it should be
supported with data from controlled motion tracking experiments.

I've been looking for books. Those that caught my eye were:

* 'Fundamentals of Biomechanics: Equilibrium, Motion, and Deformation' by
Nihat Ozkaya, Margareta Nordin
* 'Human Body Dynamics: Classical Mechanics and Human Movement' by Aydin
Tozeren

Any comments on these or other suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Joe

Joe Wright
joe@martinwells.com
www.martinwells.com

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