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03-02-2011, 04:49 PM
Sports Biomechanics
Call for Papers: Special Issue on the 2012 London Olympic & Paralympic Games
Journal Editor-in-Chief: Young-Hoo Kwon
Guest Editors: Gareth Irwin and David G. Kerwin

The Olympic/Paralympic Games represent the pinnacle of an elite sporting career. With over 190 countries participating and more than 30 sports included, it is the biggest multi-sporting event in the world. National pride paralleled by athletic endeavors in the pursuit of the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ (Faster, Higher, Stronger) have turned this sporting event into a major economic, media and cultural festival.

Biomechanics has played a key role in past Olympic Games through projects authorised by the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission resulting in peer-reviewed journal publications; examples include gymnastics (Kerwin & Irwin, 2010; Hiley & Yeadon, 2005; Kwon et al., 1990), weightlifting (Garhammer, 1985), athletics (Hay & Miller, 1985; Mero et al., 1994), dressage (Deuel & Park, 1990) and swimming (Kennedy et al., 1990). All have addressed the ongoing aim of furthering knowledge and understanding of elite sports performance. Pre-Games research has also played a significant role for example in equipment design (e.g. swimming suit; Mollendorf et al., 2004) and underpinning of the Paralympics versus able-bodied athlete debate (e.g. Oscar Pistorius; Brüggemann et al., 2008).

The principal aims of the Sports Biomechanics journal are improvement of performance and reduction of injury with the caveat of translating complex biomechanical information into meaningful coaching advice. The journal is at the forefront in providing the link between human biomechanics and its application to sport. This special issue builds on the tradition of the targeted perspective bringing together a selection of biomechanics research papers linked to the Olympic/Paralympic Games (pre-Games research and projects conducted during the Games). Permeating this research will be the theme of bridging the gap between science and practice based on evidence with high ecological validity.

Author Guidelines and Submission Deadline:

Instructions for authors and submission guidelines can be found at the Journal's homepage: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/rspbauth.asp. Deadline for full paper submission is December 31, 2012.

All papers will be subjected to the peer-review procedures of the Journal. Papers should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rspb. Mark that the manuscript is for a special issue and enter 'London Olympics' as the issue title.

Please email all special issue-related enquiries to the Guest Editors:
Dr. Gareth Irwin & Professor David Kerwin
Cardiff School of Sport
University of Wales Institute-Cardiff
girwin@uwic.ac.uk; dkerwin@uwic.ac.uk

Direct all journal-related enquiries to the Editor-in-Chief:
Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon
Biomechanics Laboratory
Texas Woman's University
ykwon@twu.edu